BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Board of Education has named Michael Bardsley as the school district’s new school business administrator — a role he will assume on January 2.

Bardsley, who currently is business administrator for the Sea Girt school district, is replacing Loretta Hill, who is retiring after 18 years of service. Since being hired by the Belmar school board in October, he has been spending one day every week working with Hill to prepare for his new post.

“I’m really looking forward to this,” said Bardsley, a certified public accountant who will be responsible for all business office operations, including overseeing and preparing the budget, supervising personnel, serving as secretary to the board of education — working closely with Belmar School Superintendent David Hallman. Bardley's annual salary is $125,000.

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Bardsley also will most likely take over as business administrator /board secretary for Lake Como, a nonoperating district whose students attend Belmar Elementary School. Hill has been serving in that role under a shared services agreement since 2011.

Serving as Sea Girt’s part-time school business administrator for the past two years, Bardsley is moving from a single-school district with 155 students at Sea Girt Elementary School to Belmar where there are some 520 Belmar Elementary School students. Both prekindergarten-through eighth-grade schools are among seven whose students go on to attend a sending district high school or vocational school, or require special needs placement.

Bardsley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics and finance from the City University of New York-College of Staten Island. “I’ve always loved numbers,” said the certified public accountant, explaining the reason for the triple major.

Since then, he has spent nearly 20 years in the field of corporate accounting, bank and finance, specializing in tax issues, tax preparation and auditing for businesses and individuals. It wasn’t until he began performing audits for school districts while working at Toms River-based Jump, Scutellaro and Co. that he learned about the role of school business administrator — and was attracted to the professional rewards of the position.

 “I liked that I can be an influence on kids’ lives,” the Howell resident said. “That’s what is most important.”

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