Cecil County Public Schools, Maryland

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Cecil County Public Schools
Elkton, Maryland
Cecil County Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:D’Ette W. Devine
Graduation rate:86.7 percent[2]
Number of schools:30
Budget: $196.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dawn K. Branch
Board members:5
Term length:4
Cecil County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 15,634 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's graduation rate improved from 80.5 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 86.7 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

About the district

Cecil County Public Schools is located in Cecil County, Maryland
Cecil County Public Schools is based in Elkton, the county seat of Cecil County, Maryland. Cecil County is home to 101,913 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Cecil County Public Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Maryland.


Cecil County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.3 percent of Cecil County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Cecil County was $66,025 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Cecil County was 9.6 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Cecil County (%) Maryland (%)
White 90.0 60.8
Black or African American 6.5 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.1 6.0
Two or More Races 2.0 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 24,157
Democratic 23,213
Unaffiliated 13,113
Other 673
Libertarian 278
Green 128
Total 61,562

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools is D’Ette W. Devine as of June 16, 2014.[6]

School board

The Cecil County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district.

Cecil County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
William C. Manlove 1 2016
Lauren C. Camphausen 2 2016
Wendy Wintersgill 3 2014
Donna M. Zane 4 2014
Dawn K. Branch 5 2014

School board elections

See also: Cecil County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2013:


  • A timeline for presentations will be established by the Board President. In general, a maximum of thirty minutes will be reserved for public comments. Five minutes will be allotted to individuals. Seven minutes will be allotted to a person speaking on behalf of a group. Speakers may not yield their time to someone else. When the allotted time expires, the speaker will be so advised but will be permitted to complete a sentence. If more people wish to speak than the time allows, public comment may continue at the discretion of the Board.
  • The Board will determine the appropriateness of the subject matter. Personnel matters, pending appeals, employee negotiations, and specific student disciplinary matters may not be discussed. These matters will be referred to the administration for proper handling. The Board sits as an appellate body in both student and employee appeals. The Board cannot comment on or have prior knowledge of a case that would influence their ability to deliberate. To maintain the ability of the Board to render a fair and unbiased decision, comments regarding individual student or personnel issues cannot be presented during public comment.
  • Subject matter must be limited to issues, without reference to personalities. Rude, slanderous, or threatening remarks are out of order.
  • Presentations will be in consonance with good taste and decorum befitting the occasion and dignity of the Board meeting. A person attending a Board meeting may not engage in any conduct, including visual demonstrations such as the waving of placards, signs, or banners, that disrupts the session or that interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and observe the session. The Board President may order any person who persists in such conduct to be removed.
  • The Board encourages speakers to submit a written copy of their remarks.
  • Speakers will be required to complete the sign-in sheet, providing their name, contact information, and the topic(s) they wish to discuss.
  • The Board reserves the right to modify these guidelines for good cause, as determined by them.


—Cecil County Public Schools website, (2014), [8]


Cecil County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $86,538,333 44% $27,720,054 14.1% $75,051,051 38.1% $7,088,589 3.6% $482,790 0.2% $196,880,817
Averages: $86,538,333 44% $27,720,054 14% $75,051,051 38% $7,088,589 4% $482,790 0% $196,880,817

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Cecil County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 43,662 72,830
MA 45,437 74,698
MA + 30 47,162 76,514
MA + 60 48,112 77,514
Ph.D. 48,562 77,988


Teachers in Cecil County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association (CCCTA). The president of the CCCTA is Lori Hrinko as of June 16, 2014.[11]

Schools in Cecil County Public Schools


The district served 15,634 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.5 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 16,209 -
2010 16,205 -
2011 15,937 -1.7
2012 15,827 -0.6
2013 15,634 -1.2

District schools

Cecil County Public Schools operates 30 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Cecil County Public Schools
Bainbridge Elementary School
Bay View Elementary School
Bohemia Manor High School
Bohemia Manor Middle School
Calvert Elementary School
Cecil Alternative Program
Cecil County School of Technology
Cecil Manor Elementary School
Cecilton Elementary School
Charlestown Elementary School
Cherry Hill Middle School
Chesapeake City Elementary School
Conowingo Elementary School
Elk Neck Elementary School
Elkton High School
Elkton Middle School
Gilpin Manor Elementary School
Holly Hall Elementary School
Kenmore Elementary School
Leeds Elementary School
North East Elementary School
North East High School
North East Middle School
Perryville Elementary School
Perryville High School
Perryville Middle School
Rising Sun Elementary School
Rising Sun High School
Rising Sun Middle School
Thomson Estates Elementary School

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 24.8 60.5 14.7
3 Reading 19.4 64.3 16.3
4 Math 16.7 56.6 26.7
4 Reading 11.0 62.8 26.2
5 Math 27.4 65.3 7.4
5 Reading 14.7 35.8 49.5
5 Science 40.3 55.6 4.1
6 Math 30.4 53.6 16.0
6 Reading 15.7 42.2 42.0
7 Math 29.7 54.6 15.7
7 Reading 18.9 39.7 41.4
8 Math 36.6 38.4 25.0
8 Reading 23.0 38.7 38.2
8 Science 29.8 66.8 3.4

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 4.4 55.9 39.7
High school Biology 7.3 63.3 29.5
High school English 7.8 57.6 34.6

Contact information

Cecil County Public Schools logo.jpg
Cecil County Public Schools
201 Booth St.
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: (410) 996-5400

See also

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