Educational matters that affect Cecil County come under the control of the County Board of Education (Code Education Article, secs. 4-101 through 4-126).

The Board is composed of six members. Five are elected by the voters to four-year terms (Code Election Law Article, secs. 8-801 through 8-806). A nonvoting student member, chosen by high school student councils, serves a one-year term (Code Education Article, secs. 3-4A-01 through 3-4A-04).


The Cecil County Public School System is governed by the County Board of Education (Code Education Article, secs. 4-101 through 4-126). In addition, through the review and approval of the annual operating and capital budgets, Cecil County government exercises authority over the County Public School System. Moreover, through the establishment and monitoring of various financial and academic policies and regulations, the State Department of Education also has considerable oversight of county public schools. Indeed, under Maryland law, the State Department of Education works with county public schools to comply with requirements and mandates of federal law.

The Cecil County Public School System has thirty schools: 5 high schools, 6 middle schools, 17 elementary schools, a vocational school and an alternative school. In Fiscal Year 2015, the System enrolled 16,031 students.

The Superintendent of Schools administers the Cecil County Public School System, and serves as executive officer, secretary, and treasurer of the Board of Education (Code Education Article, secs. 4-102; 4-201 through 4-206).

With the approval of the State Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education appoints the Superintendent of Schools to four-year terms.


Cecil College began as Cecil Community College, founded in 1968. It was renamed Cecil College on July 1, 2007.


Serving over 62,000 citizens, the Cecil County Public Library provides educational, cultural and career resources, including online courses, data and research, social media, and downloadable materials.

Seven libraries constitute the Cecil County Public Library. The central library is based in Elkton, and branch libraries are found in Cecilton, Chesapeake City, North East, Perryville, Port Deposit, and Rising Sun (opened in 1999).

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