Superintendent's Notes

Issue 26: January 30, 2020

My Thoughts...

In a school system, any given time of year is considered "busy." However, I have determined that in my position, this time of the year is very, very BUSY. Why? Well, in one word: BUDGET. As of today, the Board of Education has seen my proposed budget and will hold their public budget hearing on February 5 (details below in the Upcoming Events section). One of the most challenging parts of this process is putting together a proposed budget that is based on the needs of the school system while not knowing with any type of certainty what type of revenue that we will be receiving from our funding sources (mainly, the state and the county). We know what we need and while I agree that the term "bare-bones budget" has become almost cliche, I cannot think of a better way to describe what we put forward. In fact, many of our budget lines have remained flat. With that being said, I will keep you posted as to the latest budget news as this process progresses. If you would like to view the presentation from last week's Board of Education budget work session, you can view that HERE.

In much more enjoyable news, I have been attending middle and high school athletic events across the county. I would highly encourage you to visit one of these events. I continue to be encouraged by the talent of our athletes, but most importantly, by the sportsmanship displayed by our CCPS teams.

Speaking of TEAMS, tomorrow, January 31, we will celebrate our second annual CCPS Team Pride Day! Students and employees are encouraged to showcase their favorite team, sport, club, etc. by wearing a shirt or jersey. This was incredibly popular last year and I can't wait to see the team pride across the system! You just may see me in my Eagles jersey!! If you haven't seen it on social media yet, be sure to check out the video we posted today!


Dr. Jeffrey A. Lawson

Superintendent of Schools

Raptor Visitor Management System

Next week, CCPS will implement the Raptor Visitor Management System. A major component of school safety is knowing who is in our buildings. Raptor will better allow us to track visitors while also providing a more streamlined sign-in process. Check out the video below which explains how the system will work. You can also learn more here:
How Raptor Visitor Management system Works

Alumni Spotlight

Name: Tommy Bonner

High School: Bohemia Manor High School, Class of 2005

Job Title: Program Financial Analyst

Higher Education: Wilmington University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Tell Us About Your Work: I work at Northrop Grumman in Elkton, Maryland as a Program Financial Analyst. In my role I work with a team made up of Program Managers, Engineers, Planners, and Schedulers to create a financial plan that meets the requirements given to us by our customer. Once the plan is set I monitor the performance (cost and schedule) and adjust the monthly forecast based on trends and inputs from the team. This process is important because it allows us to see if we are ahead or behind schedule as well as under/over budget and easily communicate our status to the customer.

How did your experiences in CCPS prepare you for college and the workforce? I enjoyed my time at Bo Manor and, in my experience, the teachers were always there to help and continuously challenged me. In high school, I played both soccer and baseball; while academics are VERY important, it's also important to learn how to be part of a team and work with others and I feel my time spent on those teams greatly benefited me.

Upcoming Events

Board of Education Budget Hearing

February 5, 2020

6:00 PM

George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center (Central Office) located at 201 Booth Street, Elkton.

Cecil County Primary Election Forum

February 27, 2020

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Milburn Stone Theatre, Cecil College

Hosted by: Cecil County Classroom Teachers' Association (CCCTA), Business & Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC), and the Cecil County Chamber's Government Relations Committee

The following candidates have been invited to participate:
Cecil County Executive
Cecil County Council
Cecil County Board of Education

*Free and Open to the Public*

Parent Resource Center Special Education Conference

March 7, 2020
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gilpin Manor Elementary School, 203 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921

All are welcome to attend this FREE half day conference!

  • Attend Workshop Sessions on Behavior, ADHD & Social Skills!
  • Visit Local Agency Resource Tables!
  • Light Refreshments and Door Prizes!!
Please register here: PRC Conference Attendee Registration

Staff Opportunities