The Central Bucks Board of School Directors is pleased to announce its intentions to formally name Dr. Abram M. Lucabaugh as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. subject to the execution of a mutually agreed upon contract.
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.