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Central Bucks School District Appoints New Superintendent of Schools
Central Bucks School District Appoints
Dr. Abram M. Lucabaugh Superintendent of Schools
The Central Bucks School District's Board of School Directors voted unanimously to approve Dr. Abram M. Lucabaugh as superintendent for a term commencing September 1, 2021 and ending August 31, 2026.
Dr. Lucabaugh is a seventeen-year employee of the Central Bucks School District, having served as principal of Central Bucks High School East for eleven years before his appointment as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in June of 2018. He has served since April 2021 as the Acting Superintendent for the Central Bucks School District. Dr. Lucabaugh began his career in education as an English teacher at Hatboro Horsham High School. Dr. Lucabaugh’s selection for appointment as Superintendent follows a national executive search for qualified candidates facilitated by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU).
On Monday, August 16, Dr. Lucabaugh participated in a live community forum, facilitated by the Bucks County IU. Questions were submitted through an online form posted on the website and distributed to families earlier this month. Watch the recorded Monday, August 16 community forum.
Statement from Dr. Lucabaugh
Upon being offered the position of Superintendent, Dr. Lucabaugh stated, “Our Central Bucks schools reflect our community, and that is why our district is a fantastic place for students to learn and grow. It’s a community that supports education, rallies together in support of our students, and advocates for the programs and services that will continue to give our graduates a solid foundation on which to build a life of their choosing. Our schools are why people move here, stay here, and return here. Our strength lies in our people, and the opportunity to engage in meaningful work with our Board of School Directors to serve our 18,000 students, our dedicated faculty and support staff, our administrators and our community, in the role of Superintendent of Schools is both an honor and a privilege.”
Statement from Dana Hunter, CBSD Board President
Dana Hunter, Central Bucks School Board President stated, “We believe that with Dr. Lucabaugh’s dynamic leadership, the Central Bucks School District will move forward to meet and exceed the challenges ahead to offer our students every possible opportunity.”
“His commitment to our students, our community, and our faculty and staff is unquestionable,” she added.
Background on Superintendent Search Process
The Board began the search process in April 2021, following the announcement of the resignation of former Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki. The Board engaged the Bucks IU to serve as its search consultant. The Bucks IU, on behalf of the Board, conducted a community survey to identify the community’s opinions and priorities. More than 2,000 parents, guardians, taxpayers, students, staff, and other community members responded to the survey, offering feedback on the ideal characteristics and attributes of the future superintendent. The survey also captured what the community believes to be the district’s priorities for the immediate and long-term future.
The Board used these community survey results to conduct a comprehensive search process. As the facilitator, the Bucks IU actively recruited qualified candidates and advertised in local, regional, state, and national publications, seeking the appropriate applicants. The position was advertised from June 11, 2021, through July 11, 2021. Seventeen qualified candidates applied for the position. The Board thoroughly reviewed all seventeen applications and selected six candidates to move forward to a first round of interviews. These six candidates were from four different states. Following these initial interviews, the Board conducted a second, final interview round and selected Dr. Lucabaugh as the finalist candidate.
About Dr. Lucabaugh:
Dr. Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D
Dr. Abram Lucabaugh is entering his 26th year in education, most recently serving as the acting superintendent of schools for the Central Bucks School District, while also maintaining his role as the assistant superintendent for secondary education, a position he has held since July of 2018. From July 2007 until June of 2018, he served as the principal of Central Bucks High School East, where he also worked as a house principal for two years. Prior to working at East, Dr. Lucabaugh also served as an assistant principal at Tohickon Middle School, and as an assistant principal at Keith Valley Middle School in the Hatboro-Horsham School District, where he began his career as a high school English teacher. Dr. Lucabaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Millersville University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University.
June 28, 2021 Update
A comprehensive search process is currently under way to find the next Superintendent of Schools for the Central Bucks School District. Results from a community survey completed by more than 2000+ parents, guardians, taxpayers, students, staff, and other community members were used to develop a job announcement unique to the needs of the Central Bucks School District. The job announcement can be found at the following link: https://recruit.BucksIU.org/CBSD.
Applications are currently being accepted from June 11, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
The posting has been advertised and heavily promoted in the following publications and job boards:
- Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) web page: www.bucksiu.org with Job Link at: https://recruit.BucksIU.org/CBSD.
- AASA: The School Superintendents Association: www.aasa.org
- Linked In: www.linkedin.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com
- Education Week: www.edweek.org
- Penn*Link: www.education.pa.gov/Pages/PENNLINK.aspx
- PA Association of School Administrators (PASA): www.pasa-net.org
- Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA): www.psba.org with job link at: https://careergateway.psba.org/jobListings.jsf
- Association of Education Service Agencies (AESA): www.aesa.us
- Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA): www.paspa.org
- Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO): www.pasbo.org
- National School Applications Network in Pennsylvania (PAREAP): www.pareap.net
- New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA): www.njasa.net
- Diverse Magazine of Higher Education: www.diverseeducation.com with job link at: https://diversejobs.net/posting/superintendent-of-schools-/AF225-2V77/
- Professional Diversity Network: www.prodivnet.com
Any interested applicant should apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at https://recruit.BucksIU.org/CBSD.
The Central Bucks School District's Board of School Directors is pleased to provide ongoing updates about the school district’s search for a new superintendent.
The board thanks the more than 2,180 members of the Central Bucks community who completed the feedback survey, which was open from May 27, 2021 to June 6, 2021. The input provided by parents, guardians, community members, taxpayers, students, and staff is instrumental in building a profile for the ideal candidate. The survey results will be used by the board during the superintendent search and interview process.
Results of the survey may be reviewed here.
Dear Central Bucks Community,
The Central Bucks School District Board of School Directors is entering into a search for a new Superintendent of Schools. The Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) is assisting the school board with this search.
As this process begins, the Board is interested in gathering information from all Central Bucks School District stakeholders regarding the strengths, challenges, goals, and personal attributes that will help determine the candidate who will be the best fit for the district through a Superintendent Search Survey.
The survey, linked below, will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021. The survey will take about five minutes to complete.
All responses are anonymous and confidential. The Board of School Directors request that you respond only once to this survey.
Thank you for your support, and for your personal contribution to assist us with this important task. The search consultant, Bucks IU, advises that the typical Superintendent search process takes approximately four to five months. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org for a prompt response.
The Central Bucks School District Board of School Directors