BUCKS COUNTY

School district superintendent to move on

BENSALEM The superintendent of the Bensalem School District announced last week that he would not seek a contract renewal at the end of this school year.

David Baugh, who has served as superintendent since 2011, said in an interview Monday that he was "looking at this as an opportunity to find other challenges," but that he had not decided where he would go when he leaves the job in July.

Baugh also said that the Bensalem school board was "moving in a different direction than when I first started," but he declined to elaborate or provide examples of areas where he and the board disagreed.

Among his accomplishments, Baugh, 52, pointed to an ongoing $78 million renovation of the high school and modifications to curriculum.

He said he was in preliminary discussions about heading two other "distressed" districts but declined to name them and said the private sector was also a possibility.

The Bensalem School District made news two years ago when several employees were among 20 people arrested after allegedly using a variety of schemes to steal $1.2 million in money and supplies from the district.

Baugh, according to police, had contacted authorities upon learning of wrongdoing and asked them to investigate.

- Chris Palmer