Finance & Development


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Finance & Development

Finance & Development

Scott Gainer

Scott Gainer, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Scott Gainer has spent the last 25 years with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and has served as Chief Financial Officer for the last 20 years. Prior to this, he served as the District’s Assistant Treasurer. Before joining the District, the certified public accountant was a senior consultant at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Gainer graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University, and is a former president of the Northeast Chapter of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials.
Excellence in Financial Accountability
Scott Gainer was named Crain's Cleveland Business 2014 CFO of the Year for the government category. Gainer was also Ohio's 2010 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year, the prestigious award from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).

The Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District was presented with the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count” award for their fiscal year 2007 audit by Auditor of State Mary Taylor’s office. Fewer than five percent of all Ohio government agencies are eligible for this award.  For the fiscal year ended 2017, Michelle Stys, Auditor of State Liaison Director, presented Mr. Gainer and his finance team with the AOS Award with Distinction for receiving a "clean" audit report and producing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

"Congratulations to Mr. Gainer and his team of professionals for exemplary reporting which serves as the standard for clean, accountable government representing the highest level of service to Ohioans."

Certain criteria must be met to receive the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count” award. Standards include:

  • The entity must complete and submit a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • There must be no findings or issues present in their most recent audit report.
  • There must be no other financial concerns involving the entity.

“This acknowledgment further demonstrates the District’s conscientious drive to be efficient with its use of resources and transparent in its financial activity,” Chief Financial Officer Scott Gainer said.

For the 19th straight year, the District received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is one of the highest forms of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and is given to government agencies that publish a comprehensive financial report according to a strict set of standards.

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