MRHS picks Previti for interim superintendent

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LINWOOD – Robert Previti of Linwood, a retired superintendent for the Brigantine School District, was named interim superintendent for the Mainland Regional High School District at the school board's May 19 meeting, according to board President Jill Ojserkis.

Ojserkis said the term is for six months starting July 1.

“During this six-month period the MRHS Board of Education will determine if it wishes to continue an interim arrangement or seek a permanent superintendent,” Ojserkis said.

For the past five years the Linwood and Mainland Regional High School districts had a shared service agreement with Tom Baruffi as the superintendent of both districts. The districts shared the cost of his annual compensation and benefits package. Baruffi was not recommending the districts continue the shared superintendent after his tenure.

The Linwood Board of Education is doing a superintendent search as well and had three meeting dates set to interview possible candidates.

While that search continues, the two school boards are in the process of completing a shared services agreement that will have Previti serving as Linwood School District interim superintendent for three months while its search is completed, according to Ojserkis.

She said the board began working with the New Jersey School Boards Association on the search after Baruffi announced his planned retirement.

With the help of NJSBA the board identified a number of candidates for consideration, had a number of phone calls and several in-person interviews in which the leadership of the Mainland Regional Education Association participated, and ultimately offered the interim superintendent position to Previti.

Previti and his wife Ingrid live in Linwood. Their two children attended Linwood schools and graduated from Mainland Regional.

Ojserkis said the deciding factor in choosing Previti was his impressive background as an educational leader in Atlantic County and record of high achievement.

Previti retired in 2012 as the superintendent of the Brigantine School District, a prekindergarten- to eighth-grade district. He is currently serving as the interim superintendent in the Somers Point School District, where his tenure ends June 30.

 “The MRHS Board of Education is confident that Bob Previti can build on the innovative leadership of Tom Baruffi and our administrative team to ensure that the SAT scores of MRHS students continue to trend above state and national averages, proficiency and advanced proficiency in HSPA testing is maintained and that MRHS continues to be ranked as one of the best high schools in Atlantic County and the state of New Jersey because of our excellent staff, extracurricular programs and student achievement at all levels,” said Ojserkis.

Previti will be paid a per-diem amount subject to the caps imposed by the state of New Jersey Department of Education.

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