At the May 29th Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Steven Lockard appointed the new Chief of Schools and reviewed the new organizational structure for Carroll County Public Schools, which will be effective July 1, 2019.

Cynthia A. McCabe was appointed to the position of Chief of Schools. McCabe has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994. While at Towson, McCabe was awarded Most Promising New Teacher by the University. In 1999, McCabe received a M.Ed. in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Walden University and is specializing in Leadership, Policy, and Change.

McCabe began her career as a fifth grade teacher at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Howard County Public Schools. While in Howard County, she also served as a Gifted and Talented Resource Specialist and a PDS Coordinator. McCabe came to Carroll County in 2001, where she became the Assistant Principal at Piney Ridge Elementary School and later, in 2003, the Principal. In 2007, McCabe became an Elementary Supervisor, and from 2011 to the present she has held the position of Director of Elementary Schools.

According to Dr. Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Schools, “We are excited to have Ms. McCabe in this position. The leadership and knowledge she brings will be invaluable as we move our system forward and work to meet the goals of our Strategic Plan.”

Chief of Schools is the new title for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, which will become vacant due to the retirement of Steven Johnson. This position will continue to focus on supporting principals and schools and will include the Directors of Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Student Services and, in an effort to best support technology in our schools, the Technology Services Department. 

This and other changes to the organizational structure, which were announced in April, do not require any additional full-time equivalencies (FTEs) in central office. These changes include:

  • The title of Assistant Superintendent of Operations will be changed to Chief Operating Officer. This position will oversee Human Resources, Transportation, Finance, and Facilities.
  • The Executive Director of Performance, Equity and Accountability will become the Chief of Academics, Equity, and Accountability and will have responsibility for the Department of Performance, Equity and Accountability, as well as the Departments of Curriculum and Special Education. 

According to Dr. Lockard, “These changes are designed to better align the school system to provide the best support we can to our schools and to the success of our students. I am so appreciative to work with such dedicated and outstanding folks here and throughout our system. Together we can build on the successes of CCPS and continually strive for improvement.”





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