WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Montgomery Co. Names New Schools Superintendent

Play associated audio
41-year-old Joshua P. Starr is currently the Superintendent of the Stamford, Connecticut public School system. He'll take over as Montgomery County, Md. superintendent of schools July 1.
Courtesy of Joshua Starr
41-year-old Joshua P. Starr is currently the Superintendent of the Stamford, Connecticut public School system. He'll take over as Montgomery County, Md. superintendent of schools July 1.

Starr was chosen from a pool of 30 candidates from 15 states. The 41-year-old educator is currently the superintendent of Stamford public schools, a post he has held for the past six years.

Following the announcement of Starr's appointment, current superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast spoke about the man who will replace him. Weast has served as chief of the county's schools for the past 12 years.

"He will collaborate, he's very smart and he works hard," says Weast. "He's got good ethics and he knows how to inspire people to go to the next level."

Starr will draw upon 18-years of experience as an educator. He began his career as a special education teacher in the New York City public school system. Soon after, he rose to the executive level as director of school performance and accountability.

Starr says hes eager to build on the success of the system.

"If I work closely with the community, the senior staff and the community to really build those relationships, and make sure I'm as visible as possible, I think it'll work out well," he said Monday in a telephone interview from his Connecticut home.

He also talked about his approach to budget matters in a slow economy.

"My budget for the past four years has been approved by the board of education without any cuts," he says. "I think it's a matter of working with the elected officials and the community to make sure we have a budget in line with our priorities."

Starr holds a doctorate degree in administration and social policy from Harvard University. Pending final contract negotiations, he'll begin as Montgomery County schools superintendent July 1.

NPR

Aretha Franklin Blocks Premiere Of Concert Film 'Amazing Grace'

A documentary about Franklin's famous 1972 live album Amazing Grace has suffered years of delays due to technical and legal challenges.
NPR

Open Your Eyes To The Infinite Possibility Of The Tomato

How do you transform 100 pounds of 60 varieties of tomatoes into a seven-course meal? It may sound like a math problem, but it's more a creative journey into the infinite possibility of the tomato.
NPR

British Prime Minister Announces U.K. Will Take In More Migrants

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour about British Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement to allow more Syrian refugees into the UK.
NPR

Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

The black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium during a second-round match and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.