New Barnegat School District Chief in the Fold

Mar 21, 2018
Brian Latwis, Ed.D.

“I wasn’t interested in just being a superintendent. I was interested in being Barnegat’s superintendent.”

Brian Latwis stressed that point when he was interviewed for the district superintendent job by the Barnegat Township Board of Education. On July 1, Latwis will realize that dream when he officially takes over as superintendent. He replaces Karen Wood, who will stay on until the end of June. Her contract was not renewed after seven years.

Currently, Latwis, 38, is the district’s special education director, a job he assumed in the fall of 2015.

“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.”

Latwis 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.

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 is making this a seamless transition, and I can only hope to build on a lot of what she has accomplished here.”

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,” he said. “We look forward to working with him hand in hand, to get the district where we want it to be.”

— Eric Englund

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