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Central Bucks School District to appoint new Superintendent of Schools; host community forum


The Central Bucks Board of School Directors will consider an employment agreement with Dr. Steven Yanni to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board on Tuesday, May 14.

The Board will hold a Community Forum to introduce Dr. Yanni at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Central Bucks High School West Auditorium, located at 375 W. Court St., Doylestown. The Community Forum will also be live streamed and recorded, with those links to be made available on the school district’s website at

Jim Scanlon has been serving as interim superintendent in the wake of the sudden resignation of Abram Lucabaugh following last November’s election that saw a Democratic sweep of the school board. His departure followed a controversial pay hike and severance package, both approved by the former board majority.

Dr. Yanni has over two decades of teaching and leadership experience, most recently serving as Superintendent of the Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County. Prior to that, Dr. Yanni served as the Superintendent in the School District of Upper Dublin, also in Montgomery County (2018-2023), and the New Hope-Solebury School District in Bucks County (2015-2018)

As a Superintendent, Dr. Yanni has exhibited a deep commitment to cultivating inclusive learning environments where every student can thrive and to the power of collaboration among parents, guardians, educators, and community stakeholders to ensure equitable access to high-quality education and ample opportunities for success.

Under Dr. Yanni’s leadership, several districts have implemented pioneering initiatives supporting personalized learning, structured literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, and project-based learning. Dr. Yanni has been a driving force behind efforts to improve access to technology and expand career readiness programs, empowering students to make informed decisions about their post-graduation paths.

“The Board is very excited and pleased to introduce Dr. Yanni to our community,” said Karen Smith, president of the Central Bucks Board of School Directors. “We believe his substantial experience as a Superintendent will be invaluable to us in Central Bucks and look forward to his leadership as we continue to work to create a bright future for all our students.”

Said Dr. Yanni, “I consider it both an honor and privilege to be chosen to serve as the next Superintendent of the Central Bucks School District. In this role, I will remain unwavering in my commitment to equipping every student with the essential academic and problem-solving skills needed for personal growth, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning in a district that focuses on academic excellence, empowerment, and innovative educational practices.”

In addition to introductory remarks from Dr. Yanni, the Community Forum will include student performances, and a question-and-answer period. Community members are invited to submit up to two questions for consideration via until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

Submitted questions will be consolidated by common themes to allow for Dr. Yanni to address the maximum number of topics possible. The format does not provide an opportunity for questions or comments from the audience during the forum.

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