In his first official week on the job, the new superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools has been making the rounds, the mail rounds, as he visits each of the 204 public schools in the school district.
Jack Smith, who officially began his time as Superintendent of MCPS on Friday, July 1, has been getting to know the schools under his purview by visiting them with the district’s “Pony Truck” drivers, he said in a letter to the community on the MCPS website.
“Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of learning about the school system firsthand by traveling on the morning mail routes—known as our pony system. Pony truck drivers Nick Regalia, Stan Jackson, and Gideon Doolin have graciously allowed me to join them as they crisscross the county to make deliveries to our schools and school facilities. To date, I have visited more than 110 of the soon-to-be 204 schools, and I expect to see them all by the end of the month,” wrote Smith. “From the schools I have visited, I can tell you that each is distinct and unique, but tied together by a common thread—just like our students.”
“Each student brings his or her own unique set of experiences and interests to the classroom each day and I believe it is our responsibility as a school system to unite them with a common thread of literacy, writing, and mathematics skills that will give them the opportunity to succeed and options to pursue any path they choose in life,” wrote Smith.
“This thread must reach all of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, socioeconomic status, or disability. While MCPS is lauded for the achievements of our students, there remains an opportunity gap that leads to disparities in outcomes. I intend to use all of the resources at my disposal to address this challenge head on,” wrote Smith.
“Over the next few months, I will be out in the community meeting our parents and staff to learn more about our wonderful school system. I look forward to working with this amazing staff and community in the coming months and years,” wrote Smith.
MCPS also announced this week that, unlike his predecessor Joshua Starr, Smith will not have a dedicated Twitter account. Instead, Smith will use the @MCPS Twitter handle and denote his Tweets using his initials “JRS.”
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