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New Hope-Solebury School Board makes a choice


The search for the New Hope-Solebury School District’s next superintendent has reached its final phase.

Charles Lentz is the finalist candidate for the position. The school board intends to name Dr. Lentz to this position at a special meeting on Oct. 11.

The board began the search process in June by conducting a community survey to determine what district stakeholders were looking for in their new superintendent. Approximately 200 people responded.

The board then conducted a comprehensive search process facilitated by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) and guided by the community’s feedback. Of 34 applications received, 13 were selected by the search committee for initial interviews in August. Seven candidates advanced to the second round, and three to the final round.

Community members are invited to meet Dr. Lentz at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at a forum to be held in the New Hope-Solebury High School auditorium. A forum moderated by Mark Hoffman, executive director of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Lentz holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Education from Gratz College, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Widener University.

He has served the Abington School District over the past 25 years as an elementary school teacher, secondary assistant principal, elementary principal, and assistant director of curriculum.

During his tenure in Abington, Lentz has also led numerous school district initiatives and projects, including School-Wide Positive Behavior Support programming, curriculum committees, and instructional program revisions.

In addition to his work in education, Lentz has served on the board of trustees at Arcadia University, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee for many years. He also served on the boards of other community organizations including the Abington Community Taskforce, the Briar Bush Nature Center, the Union Library of Hatboro, the Welsh Society of Philadelphia, the Kiwanis Club of Glenside, and the Optimist Club of Elkins Park.

Once approved by the board, Lentz is anticipated to begin his service on or before Dec. 12.

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