The Observer

Time for Superintendent to go Back to School

By Maya Rosenberg and Rebecca Jackson

January 12, 2017

Jack Smith: your average American name, or MCPS Superintendent? According to a poll of 29 CHS students, 100 percent wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference. Smith, who was appointed as interim superintendent in Sept. 2015, after former superintendent Joshua Starr’s resignation, and was given...

MCPS Search for New Superintendent Comes to a Close

MCPS Search for New Superintendent Comes to a Close

By Eugenia Cardinale, Observations Editor

February 25, 2016

MCPS’ search for a new superintendent is over. The Board of Education (BOE) Feb. 4 conditionally appointed Dr. Jack Smith as the next superintendent effective July 1. Smith is currently the interim superintendent of Maryland schools and former superintendent of schools in Calvert County Public Schools...

What type of superintendent do students want?

By Daniel Miyares, Senior Writer

April 28, 2015

Joshua Starr’s resignation as MCPS superintendent Feb. 3 came as a shock to many members of the MCPS community, including the teachers, staff and thousands of students he served for nearly four years. Months later, the Montgomery County Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent is well...

MCPS searches for new superintendent

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

March 23, 2015

Ever since Joshua Starr announced his resignation as MCPS superintendent Feb. 3, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has been working hard to find his successor. Although Starr’s resignation and the transition to interim Superintendent Larry Bowers went smoothly for the Board, finding...

BOE approves Superintendent Starr’s budget

BOE approves Superintendent Starr’s budget

By Katie Gauch, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2014

Focused on closing the achievement gap and overseeing growth in schools, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) approved a $2.32 billion budget Feb. 11 for the 2015 Fiscal Year. The Board’s approval of the budget enables MCPS to control the district’s spending and allows the county to...

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying

By Sammi Silber, Observations Editor

January 8, 2014

MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr started a campaign against cyberbullying on Dec. 13, when he published an open letter to parents about cyberbullying titled “Cyber Civility.” However, Joshua Starr immaturely started a campaign primarily because he claimed was “cyberbullied.” After snow days...

Superintendent Starr requests HVAC upgrades

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

December 21, 2012

At the beginning of November, MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr proposed adding $14.2 million to the $1.35 billion MCPS budget plan, $11.5 million of which would be dedicated to Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) projects. The Montgomery County Board of Education submitted the request to the...

Achievement gap subject of Starr’s ‘State of the Schools’

Achievement gap subject of Starr’s ‘State of the Schools’

By Dana Youngentob, News Editor

December 3, 2012

Superintendent Joshua Starr gave a "State of the Schools" address Nov. 12 to update the community on MCPS’ progress. The theme of this inaugural address was "Building the Future Together." The slogan was intended to encourage the community and schools to work together to improve education for MCPS st...

New superintendent Joshua Starr visits CHS

By Dana Youngentob Online News Editor

September 27, 2011

Dr. Joshua P. Starr replaced Dr. Jerry Weast as superintendent of schools July 1 and plans on starting off the new school year by familiarizing himself with the community. According to the MCPS website, as the head of a school system with over 147,000 students, Starr wants to ensure his success by...

New Superintendent selected for 2011-2012 school year

By Sarah Reitzes News Editor

May 19, 2011

The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously ap­pointed Joshua Starr the new MCPS Superintendent May 1. Starr will of­ficially take over for current Super­intendent Jerry Weast July 1.   Starr is currently finishing his sixth year as Superintendent for the Stamford Public School...

MCPS searches for new superintendent after Weast’s departure

By By Allison Srour, Contest Manager

March 1, 2011

In August, MCPS Superintendent  Jerry Weast announced his plans to retire when his contract ends June 30.   Weast has served as MCPS Superintendent for almost 12 years.  The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) is conducting a national search in order to find a suitable replacement.   “He...

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