Brian Pruitt is new Linwood superintendent

Linwood's new superintendent of schools, Brian Pruitt, with his wife, Shannon, and their children Megan and Ian, who attend Linwood schools. 

Suzanne Marino

LINWOOD — The Board of Education approved the hiring of a new superintendent Sept. 27, bringing on board Brian Pruitt, who has been the superintendent of the Brigantine School District for the past four years.

The process to hire Pruitt was lengthy.

According to current Superintendent Michelle Cappelluti, a search committee took input from staff, parents and community members throughout the hiring process. More than 30 people applied for the position, of which five were interviewed by the school board.

Pruitt will have a very short commute to his office once he begins his new post Feb. 1, as he is a Linwood resident. He said this was an opportunity he could not pass up.

“As a community member and knowing the value that is placed on the education of every child in this district, this really is the best place to be,” he said. “The Linwood School District has a reputation as one of the best districts in the county as well as the state, and I am very excited to be a part of that tradition as we go forward."

Pruitt did not attend Linwood schools. His father was a teacher at Holy Spirit, so Pruitt was a Spartan before heading to The College of New Jersey, where he earned his degree in English and education. He earned his masters in educational leadership and is certified as a principal, supervisor of curriculum and superintendent.

He used all of that experience while working for more than 20 years in the Brigantine School District, where he started as a substitute teacher and then was hired as an eighth-grade language arts teacher, served as the district’s curriculum coordinator, middle school principal and, for the past four years, as superintendent.

Linwood’s new superintendent said he has a passion for making decisions.

“I have learned from my time in education that you make decisions ultimately because they are the right decisions for the kids,” said Pruitt. “But before any decision is made, it is important to put the time and the energy in. You have to answer the questions — are we putting the time in to socially, emotionally, educationally and physically support our students? Are we creating a foundation for our students to build on and to be successful in their lives?” The superintendent added it is also very important to do right by your staff and by your community.

Pruitt said he likes to get out and about in his schools and is looking forward to meeting the students, teachers and families.

Pruitt’s contract runs through June 30, 2021, and his starting salary is $140,000 prorated. Cappelluti will work to transition the new superintendent.

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