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Statement by Councilmember Craig Rice on MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, chair of the Council's Education Committee, issued the following statement today after learning that Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr would not be returning for a second term in that position:

I wish to thank Dr. Starr for his leadership 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.

I also wish to thank the Board of Education for difficult deliberations in this process. I know the Board members are devoted to our students and the quality of the education they receive. They must now embark on the critical task of defining the core attributes of our future Superintendent.

Now we must turn our attention to both the immediate and long-term future of our school system and its leadership. I look forward to working with the Board to continue the critical work that is in process, first and foremost, addressing the achievement gap. Other areas include the important work being done on workforce diversity and the sexual abuse/neglect workgroup recommendations.

We appreciate the new way of thinking that has enabled us to begin collaborative conversations between MCPS and the County Council. This moment is an opportunity for us to carry this spirit forward into our future, ensuring the success of our children in our world class school system.

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Release ID: 15-029
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939, Delphine Harriston 240-777-7931