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New Montgomery Co. Superintendent Meets Community Tuesday Night

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 Dr. Joshua Starr, new public school superintendent of Montgomery County, Md. is 
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Dr. Joshua Starr, new public school superintendent of Montgomery County, Md. is holding a series of town-hall type sessions with members of the community.

The new public school superintendent of Montgomery County, Md. is holding a series of "Listen and Learn" events, the first taking place 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

New superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is heading out to meet parents, students and staff at a series of 10 sessions he says are designed for him to learn from the community. The first town-hall style meeting will be held Tuesday at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md. One issue expected to get a lot of attention is the county schools' construction budget. Executive Ike Leggett has asked for large cuts to the capital budget beginning in 2012. Starr has warned the proposed cuts could put further pressure on some schools which are overcrowded and in need of expansion

Starr took charge of the district about two months ago, moving here from Stamford, Conn., a district about one-tenth the size of Montgomery County.

Starr's leadership was tested almost immediately, when Hurricane Irene delayed the beginning of the academic year at some schools.

Other challenges he faces are a record-high enrollment of nearly 147,000 students, as well as the implementation of a new curriculum designed to develop critical thinking skills in elementary school students.

The meeting will run through Nov. 21.

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