Just 18 years after he graduated, Timothy E. Kelley will return to Ocean City schools as the district’s new business administrator.
Kelley will earn an annual salary of $135,000 with additional shared services stipends for the Corbin City School District ($3,500) and the Sea Isle City School District ($10,000).
In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Ocean City Board of Education approved a one-year contract for Kelley that takes effect July 1, 2015.
Kelley replaces Pasquale “Pat” Yacovelli who resigned last fall after working only nine months in Ocean City. Mark Ritter has been serving as interim administrator since Yacovelli’s resignation.
Kelley is a 1997 Ocean City High School and cum laude Richard Stockton College graduate with a degree in accounting.
He is currently employed as business administrator in the Galloway Township School District. His also has worked in Bridgeton Public Schools as an assistant business administrator. He is the current president of the Atlantic County Association within the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
“After a comprehensive and extensive search, Mr. Kelley was selected from a strong pool of candidates,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in a written statement. “Mr. Kelley has a wide-ranging background in finance, facilities, personnel and operations. He is committed to excellence in all aspects of his work.”
“I was excited about the potential to return home and make a positive impact on the district and the education of its students,” Kelley said. “I decided a number of years ago to leave public accounting and work as a school business administrator because every day my efforts have an impact on the education of all students. As a parent of a School Choice student, I am keenly aware of the district’s commitment to excellence, and I feel I offer a skill-set that will contribute to the continued success of the district.”
Kelley lives in Marmora with his wife, Taimi, and three children. His oldest is a third-grader in the Ocean City district.