CONCORD — The Cabarrus County Board of Education announced the selection and election of Dr. John Kopicki (pronounced Koe-pick-ee) as the next superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools. Kopicki will take office Monday, Aug. 16.
During the search process, the board reviewed applications from a diverse field of 14 candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Kopicki’s experience, leadership and dedication to students and staff members would best serve CCS students, employees, and the community for years to come. The board is confident Kopicki will lead the school system to even higher achievement, according to a news release on Monday.
Kopicki has enjoyed a long and successful career in public education, spanning more than 28 years in Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has served as superintendent of Central Bucks School District (CBSD) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he successfully developed and implemented a five-year vision for the school district highlighting areas of technology, finance, facilities and operations, teaching and learning, and community connections, the CCS release said.
Prior to joining CBSD, Kopicki spent a total of five years as superintendent of Altoona Area School District (AASD) and Forest City Regional School District (FCRSD). In addition, he previously served as a principal and assistant principal for Scranton School District (1999-2011) and an assistant principal for Western Wayne School District (1998-1999). Kopicki began his career in 1992 as a high school social studies teacher in Scranton School District. In addition to his K-12 experience, he has also worked as an adjunct professor at Keystone College.
Kopicki has an impressive academic background as well. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in school leadership from Marywood University. He earned a doctoral degree in educational administration from Temple University. Kopicki is currently a member of the American Association of Supervisors and Administrators and the American Association of School Administrators.
“I am excited to join Cabarrus County Schools and look forward to working with the Cabarrus County Board of Education, and the outstanding group of educators, staff and community, as well as engaging and collaborating with the community,” Kopicki said. “ Furthermore, I am committed to ensuring that Cabarrus County Schools students and families continue to receive a first-class education.”
A swearing-in ceremony is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 16, and the Board of Education will host a meet-and-greet reception prior to the ceremony. The board invites the community to join in congratulating and welcoming Kopicki as the new superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools.