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Montgomery County Searches For New Superintendent

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In Maryland, the search for a new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County is beginning to intensify.

Longtime superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast is retiring at the end of the school year. The county's board of education is taking its time in naming a replacement.

A search firm has been hired to assist, and six public forums for parents have been scheduled for the end of the month.

That may not seem like much according to board president Christopher Barclay, but he says a lot of work has been done already behind the scenes.

"Staff has worked very hard to get these forums organized, to create opportunities for the space and times for the focus groups," he says. "So we're hoping and looking forward to community members, community leaders participating as much as possible."

The first two forums are scheduled for Jan. 31.

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