Brian Latwis Takes Over as Barnegat Schools Chief

Jul 04, 2018

Last week, Brian Latwis took over as Barnegat Township’s superintendent of schools, replacing Karen Wood, whose contract was not renewed after seven years.

The 38-year-old Latwis moved up from being the district’s special education director, a job he had assumed in the fall of 2015. He began his career in public education in 2002, taking a teaching position with the Monroe Township School District in Middlesex County. In 2011, he became director of student services for the Keansburg district in Monmouth County.

“Coming to Barnegat was the best decision of my professional career,” he said. “I really fell in love with this district, especially seeing how there is such dedication and cooperation. When the superintendent’s job became open, I became very interested in applying for it because I wanted a chance to lead this district.”

He holds a doctorate in education leadership from Rowan University. Latwis also has a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University and a master’s degree from Georgian Court University.

“I want to thank Karen Wood for being an excellent mentor,” said Latwis. “She helped make this a seamless transition, and I can only hope to build on a lot of what she has accomplished here.”

Latwis will spend the summer making sure everything is ship-shape for the opening of schools in September. One of his priorities is to set up a central office in the Collins Elementary School.

“The district offices where I work out of are located in another building on the Collins School property,” he said. “Currently, our various supervisors and directors are scattered throughout the district. At Collins, they’ll all be under one roof near me and I think this will improve the work flow.”

Latwis said he also wants to make himself visible to the “many stakeholders in the community.”

“I want to meet people from the senior developments,” he said. “Of course, there will be many parents and the school related groups. It’s important for me to be accessible and listen to everyone’s concerns.”

Board President Scott Sarno said the new superintendent’s starting salary would be $155,500 with a five-year contract that allows for a 2 percent raise each year.

Sarno said Latwis was one of 26 applicants for the position of superintendent, of whom four were internal. Of the 22 external applicants, Sarno said seven received interviews, while all in-house candidates were interviewed.

“What made Dr. Latwis stand out was his passion and enthusiasm,” said Sarno.

He said there had been strong support for Latwis among principals and administrators.

“The board really feels ecstatic about him,” said Sarno. “We look forward to working with him hand in hand, to get the district where we want it to be.”

Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

 

 

 

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