• A Message from the Superintendent: 

    Recently as a community and as individuals, we have experienced devastating losses that have left us all with a sense of helplessness.  We question why or we wonder in retrospect if there was something we could have done differently to change the outcomes.  The truth is that clear answers may never be known.  This process takes a toll on all of us, but especially on those closest to the losses.  We always seek to respect the privacy of those so deeply and personally impacted.

    As we sort out all these feelings, let's focus on one of the most tangible actions that can make a difference - being kind every day in a very personal way.  Be kind by smiling, making eye contact, and speaking with someone other than your friends.  Get to know someone who is not a part of your immediate circle.  Sit with someone who may be alone at lunch or in the room where you are. Forgive those who are unkind to you, but don't tolerate abuse or bullying.  

    When others do or say something unkind, be an example of kindness. Being kind every day doesn't cost any money, but it may refocus priorities of time and attention.  You may never know the power of a simple kind word that is sincerely and personally delivered, or its impacts on others.  I believe it’s worth the effort.

    Our leadership team will be meeting with mental health professionals, community agencies, and other partners to talk about how we can all work together to support our students and community in real and meaningful ways.  I ask for your best thoughts, prayers, and kindness to each other as we move forward.

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    David A. Cox, Ed.D.


    Contact Information:
    Dr. David A. Cox
    Twitter: @ACPS_Supt
    Dixie Heavener  
    Dixie Heavener
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent


    The Superintendent of Schools, as the Executive Officer of the County Board of Education, shall see that the laws relating to schools, the enacted and published bylaws, and policies of the County Board of Education are carried into effect.

    In July of 2009, Dr. David Cox was appointed as Superintendent of Schools in Allegany County, Maryland, and was reappointed for a second term in July of 2013. The elected Board of Education voted on February 14, 2017, in a 3-1 vote to renew Dr. David Cox's contract for a third four-year term. 
    During his tenure in the Allegany County Public School System, Dr. Cox formed a Community Resource Committee for the Utilization Study of Secondary Schools in Cumberland that was charged with making recommendations to the school board regarding long-range capital improvement priorities for these schools. This has led to the current design and planned construction of a new Allegany High School, which will open in the fall of 2018.

    During Dr. Cox’s tenure, Allegany County Public Schools has increased its graduation rate to above 92%; significantly increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement and College Courses; become home to two additional National Blue Ribbon Schools for a total of three schools with this ranking; established a multiple award-winning Elementary Chinese Immersion Program; implemented Active Learning Labs (ALL) pilot focusing on student engagement in a technology rich environment; and has offered a high quality preschool opportunity to all interested parents.

    Dr. Cox is the 2016 Maryland Superintendent of the Year and is the President of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland for 2016- 2017. He has been elected to the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Maryland, and to the Board of Directors of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Also, Dr. Cox is an active member of the Cumberland Rotary and LaVale Lions Club.

    Dr. Cox came to Allegany County with ten years of experience as a superintendent in Virginia. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Cox served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle and high school teacher in Virginia, Kansas and Tennessee. Dr. Cox received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, his Masters of Supervision and Administration, and his Bachelors of Music Education, all from East Tennessee State University in his native Northeast Tennessee.