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Statement from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on the Retirement of Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith

For Immediate Release: Thursday 14 January

I want to thank Dr. Smith for the leadership, vision and commitment he has provided to the Montgomery County Public Schools. Since beginning his tenure as superintendent in 2016, Dr. Smith put the education and welfare of ALL students first. His experience as a classroom teacher, principal and curriculum director have enabled him to take on the challenges of leading Maryland’s largest, and very diverse, public school system. As a former Montgomery County public school teacher, I appreciate what Dr. Smith has accomplished and the wealth of knowledge he brought to the job. He has guided our school system during one of the most challenging periods in education history—helping our students continue their learning despite having the COVID-19 health crisis demand a virtual system over the past year. Thanks to his efforts, we have made progress and addressed some of the other critical issues facing our school system. Now that he is moving on, we must continue to build on his work and ensure that every child receives the quality education they deserve, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or learning needs. 

I want to thank Dr. Smith for all he has done to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County and wish him well as he enters the next chapter of his life.

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Release ID: 21-003