BELMAR, NJ — For 18 years, Loretta Hill has served as business administrator for the Belmar school district — “long-term, continuous and exemplary service” that not only earned her a statewide award, but scholarships for two children of longtime district employees.
At the recent annual conference of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), Hill was among four recipients statewide to be presented with a 2019 Distinguished Service Award — an honor that also included two $500 college scholarships in Hill’s name to Madison Kramer and Alexis Warren, daughters of Stephanie Kramer and Robin Reilly, respectively, both secretaries for the Belmar school district. Kramer plans to study forensic accounting and Warren is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.
Hill joined the Belmar school district as school business administrator in 2001, hired by Lester W. Richens, former Belmar superintendent who now serves as Monmouth County interim executive superintendent.
Richens, who has known Hill for 30 years, remains impressed today with her expertise. “Ms. Hill was, and still is, an excellent school business administrator,” he said. “She is very knowledgeable in all areas of the (business administrator's) job responsibilities.”
Current Belmar School Superintendent David Hallman singled out Hill’s commitment “to consistently making decisions that are fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Belmar.”
“She also does a commendable job of balancing her fiscal commitment with her devotion to providing the best possible environment for the students at Belmar Elementary School,” he added.
In addition to serving as business administator for Belmar, Hill took on that role for Lake Como in 2011 as part of a shared services agreement with that nonoperating district, whose students also attend Belmar Elementary School. Since 2016, she also has served as business administrator for Loch Arbour, another nonoperating school district in Monmouth County.
Hill is active with NJASBO and has served on the organization’s accounting, education and conference committees, as well as its ad hoc website redesign committee. She became an officer with the Monmouth County ASBO (MCASBO) in 2011, and subsequently held the positions of secretary, vice president and president.
The Belmar resident received her bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court University in Lakewood and master of business administration at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.
NJASBO is a professional association that provides its membership with professional development and support, and collaborates with entities that play a role in public education in New Jersey. Its members administer or supervise a variety of operations within school districts.
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