Chain of Command

Barnegat Township School District

Office of the Superintendent

Karen M. Wood

2017-2018 School Year


Chain of Command/How to Effectively Communicate with School Officials


Parents are often discouraged when they attempt to communicate with central office administrators and are sent back to building-based officials in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school.  To prevent that frustration, parents can become informed about the “Chain of Command”, or where to begin the communication sequence regarding their child’s problem.


Many parental questions are easily and completely answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program.  Each situation should first be addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken, with appeals moving on to the next level on the chain of command.  The easiest way to communicate would be by e-mail (e-mail format:  first initial, last  A phone call would be the next preferable way to communicate.


  1. On Matters Involving Instruction: 
    1. Classroom teacher or Case Manager
    2. Guidance Counselor
    3. Vice Principal (High School or Middle School)
    4. Principal
    5. District Supervisors
      • District Supervisor of Math and Science (6-12)

                    Joanne Long (609) 660-8900 ext. 8026

      • District Supervisor of Language Arts Literacy & Social Studies (6-12)

                    Tracee DuBeck (609) 660-8900 ext. 8026

      • District Supervisor of Elementary Education

                    Joseph Bond (609) 660-8900 ext. 8026

      • District Supervisor – Special Education

                    Daniel Gundersen (609) 698-5832 ext. 5153

      • District Supervisor of Guidance

        Lauren O’Brien (609) 660-7510 ext. 7060

    6. Director of Curriculum and Instruction – James Barbiere

                  (609) 660-8900 ext. 8027

    7. Director of Special Education – Brian Latwis

                  (609) 698-5832 ext. 5153


  2. On Matters Involving Athletics or Extra-curricular Activity:  (High School or Middle School)
    1. Club Advisor or Coach
    2. Athletic Director (for Athletics and Band only) – John Germano

            (609) 660-7510 ext. 7002

      c.    Principal


  3. On Matters Involving Student Discipline (High School or Middle School)
    1. Classroom Teacher
    2. Guidance Counselor
    3. Vice Principal
    4. Principal


  4. On Elementary School Matters:
    1. Classroom Teacher
    2. Guidance Counselor
    3. Principal


  5. On Matters Involving Buildings or Grounds (building maintenance/custodial/grounds maintenance)
    1. Principal
    2. Facilities Coordinator – Buildings, IPM, Energy Education – Neil Piro

      (609) 698-5824

    3. Grounds Coordinator – Grounds, EMC – Bob Osborn (609) 698-5824


  6. On Matters Involving Transportation:
    1. Transportation Coordinator – Bill Cox (609) 698-5816


  7. To Resolve ALL Matters ONLY after you have followed the levels outlined


  1. Superintendent of Schools – Karen M. Wood (609) 698-5800 ext. 5116


Secondary School Administrators

School/Main Number



Assistant Principals


Barnegat High School


Mr. Steve Nichol


Ms. Michelle Johns





Mrs. Michelle Clerico


Russell O. Brackman Middle School


Mr. John Fiorentino


Mr. Maurice Owens





Mrs. Shannon Smith



Elementary School Administrators


Main Number



Cecil S. Collins


Mr. Patrick Magee


Joseph T. Donahue


Mr. Josh Toddings


Lillian M. Dunfee


Mrs. Katherine Makela


Robert L. Horbelt


Dr. Joseph Saxton



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