Superintendent's Notes

Issue 25: January 18, 2020

My Thoughts...

Check out the new newsletter format! We are excited to continue to expand the way that we communicate with our families, employees, and the community and are always looking for new ways to share the AMAZING things that are happening in our schools. The focus of my work as Superintendent continues to be on three main themes: Communication, Transparency, and Service. I also want what we do as a school system to exhibit these same values and I believe that the work we are doing reflects that. I feel blessed to be a part of CCPS!

This week our business partner organization, BEPAC (Business & Partnership Advisory Council) hosted our second Superintendent's Brunch. I was floored by the turnout and really enjoyed sharing more about our school system data. The relationship between a school system and the business community is critical to the success of the overall community since, at the very base of it, schools are preparing the future workforce. In Cecil County, however, we also enjoy a thriving, incredibly supportive relationship with our business community who understand the importance of advocating for our schools and our students. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate all that they do.

On Monday, January 20, CCPS schools and offices will be closed in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every year, I look forward to attending the celebration of the life of Dr. King hosted by Wright's AME Church. This event not only honors the life of a great American but is also an absolutely wonderful celebration of our community and the importance of coming together. That sense of community is one of the things that really sets our county apart and something of which I am so proud.

Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'". I believe that by having a mindset that focuses on serving others, our communities, and future generations, we can make a real difference. I encourage you to take time this weekend to consider our ability to positively impact our small corner of the world through even the smallest acts of service. It all makes a difference.


Dr. Jeffrey A. Lawson

Superintendent of Schools

GEM Awards

We have awarded another round of Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards! This employee recognition program allows employees to nominate other employees for going above and beyond to support their school or department, their colleagues, our students, and our school system as a whole. Congratulations to the following individuals who received GEM Awards! Click here to learn more about the GEM Awards program.

Alumni Spotlight

Name: Jennifer Rollins

High School: Elkton High & Cecil County School of Technology, Class of 2003

Job Title: Owner of the Blue Iris Spa & Salon, Senior Stylist

How did your experiences in CCPS prepare you for college and the workforce? As a graduate of the Cosmetology Program, my experiences at the Cecil County School of Technology helped me to launch my career as both a stylist and as a business owner. The school of tech was a great jump start for my career. I came from a very low-income family, so getting a free education and coming out of high school with a license was a great start at life. That helped me with my confidence that I then used to help others by volunteering at the school and helping young girls get the same encouragement that I received as a student there.

The Bohemia Manor Eagle Carving

In just two days, chainsaw artist, Paul Waclo, created this impressive eagle at Bohemia Manor Middle & High Schools. The eagle comes from a century-old willow oak tree that sat on the property and had to be removed as construction began on the new Chesapeake City Elementary School.

Upcoming Events

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Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Meeting Schedule

Board of Education Budget Work Session

January 22, 2020

5:30 PM

Board of Education Budget Hearing

February 5, 2020

6:00 PM

Meetings will be held at the George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center (Central Office) located at 201 Booth Street, Elkton.

Staff Opportunities