Central Bucks School District to Name New Superintendent

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.