TROY — As the new Troy City Schools’ director of human resources and business management, Sidney native Mark Barhorst is able to fuse together his love of working with people and his business savvy in the district.
Barhorst was hired by the board of education last fall and began working for the district in January.
Barhorst joined the Troy City Schools administration team following Marion Stout’s retirement. She was hired by the Miami County Education Center as a human resource manager for the county agency after serving the Troy City Schools for more than 25 years.
Barhorst left his position as the director of human resources and operations at Vandalia-Butler City Schools to join the staff at Troy City Schools. He said Stout had shared with him the high level of business and community support the district receives from Troy all year round.
“The community is an awesome community. It always seems like Troy is supportive and progressive and it’s very attractive,” Barhorst said.
Barhorst’s salary was approved for $125,000 per year and he has a two-year contract with the district, which began on Jan. 4.
Barhorst leaped from the corporate world to education and technology nearly 20 years ago. His first task was to outfit districts with laptops for students two decades ago in Fort Loramie. He then was hired as its district technology coordinator in 1998.
“I liked the future of what technology could do for school districts and how teachers and students could use technology,” Barhorst shared.
Yet, working with technology isn’t always without its glitches.
“There’s a lot of pressures for a lot of jobs, but I’m telling you, there’s no pressure you’ve ever felt like when an exchange server goes down and no one has email and you don’t know if the back up is going to work to restore all those emails — now that’s pressure,” he said with a smile.
Barhorst made the transition from technology to human resources and business management at Sidney and Vandalia schools.
He served as the director of business and operations and technology at Sidney City Schools from 2008-2014.
Barhorst is certified as an Ohio Department of Education business manager and building operations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Heidelberg College and later earned his master’s degree at Wright State University.
Barhorst has also served as a New Bremen Local Schools board member for eight years, including four years as president. He resides in New Bremen with his wife Amy and they have two adult daughters.
Barhorst is an avid golfer and enjoys the outdoors.