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School business administrator takes job in Downingtown

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The longtime business administrator for the Central Bucks School District is leaving for a new job, forcing district officials to fill the position with someone new after almost two decades.

David W. Matyas, the Central Bucks Business administrator since 2002, announced he would be leaving for a similar job as school business manager in the Downingtown Area School District, Chester County on May 14.

And on that night, the school board approved the appointment of Brian J. Loftus as the district’s new business administrator.

Loftus has worked under Matyas as director of finance since August 2018.

Loftus will now head up business operations for a district that has more than 18,000 students in 23 schools and annual budgets of well over $300 million.

The business office of the school district is responsible for the financial oversite and management of the following areas: payroll, accounting, auditing, purchasing, budget development, transportation, community school child care, community school aquatics, food service, graphic services, and district insurance.

Last Tuesday night, the board approved a five-year contract for Loftus that runs from July 1 through June 30, 2024, and includes a starting annual salary of $170,000, increasing his salary $32,500 over the $137,500 he is earning as director of finance.

And he knows he has very big shoes to fill.

“I want to thank the school board and Dr. Kopicki for the confidence they have shown in me,” Loftus said. “I am grateful for the opportunity ahead of me.” John Kopicki is the district superintendent.

“Mr. Matyas has led the district’s business office with great character and integrity for the past 17 years, and is leaving the district in excellent financial and operational condition,” Loftus said. He said his goal is to continue supporting the district’s ambitious educational initiatives with the resources they need to be successful while being a good steward of taxpayer money.

As for Matyas, while he said he’s excited to bring his expertise, leadership and team building skills to Downingtown, saying goodbye to Central Bucks isn’t going to be easy.

“It has been an emotional process because of the great professional relationships that I have in the district,” he said. “CB is a great place to work with a group of people that just want to continually improve our educational program - and that is hard to walk away from.”

Matyas said he is proud of what he and his team has accomplished over the years.

Matyas has been involved in the building and renovation process of each of the districts schools and providing resources opportunities for students and keeping the cost of education low to the community.

Kopicki paised the work of both men.

“The Central Bucks School District is grateful for the dedication and outstanding work that Dave Matyas has performed over the last 17 years,”he said. “During that time Mr. Matyas has proven himself as one of the finest business managers in Pennsylvania and the Downingtown School District is extremely fortunate to hire such an accomplished and professional man.”

Kopicki added, “Brian Loftus has been working side by side with Dave Matyas over this past school year and came to the Central Bucks School District with extensive business experience in the private sector.

“In the short time Brian has been with the Central Bucks School District he has proven himself to be highly intelligent, collaborative, and well respected among his peers. We have every confidence that Brian will continue his outstanding work in his new position. Brian is a Central Bucks West graduate and he and his family reside in the Doylestown area.”

Prior to joining Central Bucks, Loftus spent 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry in accounting and finance roles. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elizabethtown College and Master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University.

He lives in Doylestown with his wife, Lauren, and three children.

Matyas praised his successor.

“I’m just looking to do something different and take on some new challenges,” Matyas said, explaining the reason for his exit. “Having Brian Loftus join the rest of our team has made the decision easier since I know the district will be in good hands moving forward without losing any momentum.”


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