By Matt Bush
In Maryland, the superintendent of schools in Montgomery County will be retiring at the end of the school year.
Dr. Jerry Weast told the county board of education that he will step down at the end of his current contract, which runs through June 30th of next year.
Weast has been the superintendent of county schools since 1999, and his tenure is the second longest in county history.
During Weast's time in the office, Montgomery County schools have been consistently ranked among the best in the nation, with the newspaper Education Week reporting that the system has the highest graduation rate in the country.
Recently, Weast has spurred some controversy over his stance that unionized school employees including teachers not be subject to furloughs.
All unionized county workers were forced to take furloughs this year because of budget problems. School employees were exempted.