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Politicians and Parents Disappointed by Starr’s Departure


By Kevin O’Rourke

With Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr and the MCPS Board of Education announcing that they would part ways in less than two weeks reaction among County leaders and parent leaders was one of concern mixed with disappointment.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released a statement about Starr’s departure from MCPS, “I am disappointed that Josh Starr did not seek reappointment as MCPS superintendent. I think Dr. Starr did a good job in his four years and hoped he would be able to stay. It is, however, the decision of our elected Board of Education. I look forward to working with Mr. Bowers and the Board of Education to ensure that our public schools are fulfilling their mission to educate all our students to the highest standards possible.”

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, chair of the Council's Education Committee, issued the following statement after learning Starr’s resignation. “I wish to thank Dr. Starr for his leader

ship and commitment to Montgomery County Public Schools over these past four years. He has brought to our County a unique perspective on how our children learn best and helped implement best practices to help our students succeed. His passion and dedication to our kids was evident under his leadership and I wish him all the success in his future endeavors.”

While Starr’s departure may not have been a surprise to those following the contract renewal process closely, it does evoke some concern among the leadership of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

MCCPTA president Frances Frost said, “Based on what has been going on regarding his contract it is not that much of a surprise that he’s leaving MCPS, but I do have some concerns as to what the goals of the Board of Education are now. What are they looking for that is different from Dr. Starr? In the interim, what does that mean for MCPS?”