JOSHUA P. STARR, tapped to be the new superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, says that he isn’t interested in making any “sweeping changes” to Maryland’s largest school system. That’s understandable, since Montgomery schools are considered among the best in the nation. But just as the man he is set to replace constantly raised the bar, we hope that Mr. Starr will be equally fearless in pushing the system to new highs.
The county Board of Education announced its selection of Mr. Starr last week to replace retiring Jerry D. Weast as head of the 144,000-student system, subject to final contract negotiations and approval by the state superintendent of schools. Mr. Starr, 41, superintendent of Stamford (Conn.) Public Schools, started as a special education teacher in New York City’s public schools, where he was later put in charge of school performance and accountability. Montgomery school board member Patricia O’Neill said that the board was impressed with his “enthusiasm, his research of us, his commitment to data-driven decision making and his youth.”