Upper Bucks Technical School Names New Executive Director

There’s a new man in charge at Upper Bucks County Technical School in Bedminster.  John Sweda will suc­ceed Bernard Wagenseller, who had been the school’s top admin­is­tra­tor the last six years.

The school — which draws stu­dents from the Quakertown Community, Pennridge and Palisades school dis­tricts — recent­ly named John Sweda its new exec­u­tive direc­tor. He suc­ceeds Bernard Wagenseller, who retired after being the top admin­is­tra­tor at UBCTS the last six years.

Sweda agreed to a three-year con­tract run­ning from July 1 to June 30, 2021 at a start­ing annu­al salary $141,312. His salaries in the sec­ond and final years of the con­tract will be 94 and 96 per­cent of “tar­get” salaries set by the UBCTS Joint Operating Committee.

The com­mit­tee also has the dis­cre­tion to give Sweda incen­tive pay­ments on top of his base salary each year of the con­tract if he does well enough on per­for­mance eval­u­a­tions.

Before accept­ing the job at UBCTS, Sweda had been prin­ci­pal the last four years at the Schuylkill Technology Centers-Frackville (North) cam­pus, Schuylkill County. He has been a voca­tion­al instruc­tor at var­i­ous schools in Pennsylvania dur­ing his career.

Upper Bucks Technical is one of three vocational-technical pub­lic schools in Bucks County, along with Bucks County Technical High School in Bristol Township and Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Warwick.

The Upper Bucks school had an enroll­ment of 740 dur­ing the recently-concluded school year, with stu­dents spend­ing a half-day at UBCTS for voca­tion­al pro­grams and a half-day at their home school dis­trict high schools for aca­d­e­m­ic cours­es.

Jul 5, 2018