Carroll County Public Schools names new chief of schools amid restructuring

Cynthia A. McCabe, left, pictured with Superintendent Steve Lockard, was named chief of schools for Carroll County Public Schools.
Cynthia A. McCabe, left, pictured with Superintendent Steve Lockard, was named chief of schools for Carroll County Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo)

As part of a central office restructuring, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steven Lockard appointed Cynthia A. McCabe, the school system’s director of elementary schools since 2011, to be the new chief of schools.

The Board of Education at a special meeting May 29 reviewed changes in the organizational structure of the central office — including the new title of chief of schools. The reorganizing and restructuring goes into effect July 1. No new positions were added.


McCabe steps into the role left by Steven Johnson, assistant superintendent of instruction, who is retiring.

“We’re really excited to have Cindy. She brings a lot of experience. She’s already well-versed in CCPS,” Lockard said. She’s a data-driven educator, but more importantly she cares deeply about students and teachers and about how we best support them, he said.

The position will continue to support principals and the directors of elementary, middle, and high schools. Student Services and the Technology Services Department will also be a part of this position.

Technology was previously under the umbrella of operations, but Lockard said moving the responsibility under the schools umbrella will help put the priority on school-based technology. These could include virtual and online learning, for which Lockard said there is a critical need.

Previously there were two assistant superintendent roles — held by Johnson, who oversaw instruction, and by Jonathan O'Neal, who oversaw operations.

Under the new structure, there are three chiefs. McCabe steps into Johnson’s role, which becomes chief of schools.

O'Neal’s title shifts to chief operating officer. This position will oversee human resources, transportation, finance and facilities.

Jason Anderson, executive director of performance, equity and accountability, will become chief of academics, equity, and accountability. He has responsibility for the Department of Performance, Equity and Accountability, as well as the departments of curriculum and special education.

These changes do not require any additional full-time equivalencies in the central office.

McCabe started in CCPS in 2001 when she became the assistant principal of Piney Ridge Elementary School. In 2003, she became the principal of that school before moving to the current director role eight years ago.

She 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 Professional Development School coordinator.

The future of East Middle School was the topic of interest at the public hearing for the Educational Facilities Master Plan public hearing.

McCabe graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education from Towson State University in 1994, and a M.Ed. in policy, planning and administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Walden University and is specializing in leadership, policy, and change.

Lockard praised Johnson, who has been a longtime employee of CCPS.

“Steve has done a tremendous job serving CCPS over several decades,” he said. “If you look particularly at the results CCPS has seen over the last many years, I think a lot of that is Steve.”


He praised Johnson for cultivating leaders in the school system and working to create environments for teachers to succeed.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude for the work he has done,” Lockard said.