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New Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (right) speaks to reporters Wednesday.
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New Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (right) speaks to reporters Wednesday.

Many of his colleagues in Connecticut criticized Starr for lacking "people skills," and, at times, being very combative to get things done his way. Starr doesn't dispute that.

"I've certainly have been known to fight for what I believe is right, and you can call that what you may," he says. "But when you're superintendent of public schools, you need to make a strong case for what you believe is right, and you need to bring people along. I've been able to effectively do that in Stamford, and I expect I'll be able to do that here as well."

Christopher Barclay, the president of the County Board of Education, says he and the board were aware of the accusations but are not concerned by them. Meanwhile, Starr says one way he will continue to communicate with parents is by Twitter.

"I've been using Twitter for a couple of months now. I've found it to be pretty useful. Tweeting is pretty easy because you can push out, which is a lot better than going back and forth," he says.

Starr will have to change his Twitter handle, though, because of his new job. Right now it's @spssuper.

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