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SPEAK OUT: Rate Dr. Starr's 1st Year as Superintendent

Grade the MCPS Superintendent on his first year's performance.

Earlier this week, .

Starr said he felt good about Year No. 1 and was optimistic about the future.

"I think that I’ve been doing pretty well," Starr said. "It’s been a pretty good first year I’d have to say."

The superintendent touted the , the work of the Montgomery County Board of Education and the new Curriculum 2.0 program, among other things. But Starr said he was most pleased by the staff taking a step back to truly evaluate its progress.

"I think one of the greatest successes of the school year from my vantage point has been the kind of collective deep breath we’ve been taking to sort of slow down a little bit," Starr told Patch.

"Not to slow down on the urgency that we feel for the achievement of our kids, but to stop and talk with each other and listen to each other. How do we collaborate? How do we learn together? Let’s introduce some new ideas... I think one of the great things that you get when you have a new leader is they have the opportunity to stop and reflect."

SPEAK OUT: What do you think about Dr. Starr's first year as MCPS superintendent? Give him a grade in our poll and explain in the comments why you think he deserved it.

Steve Simon June 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Dr. Starr has handled his first year about as well as can be expected. Following a highly successful, hard-charging longtime superintendent, he came in with a healthy respect for the high-quality system he inherited, while demonstrating a willingness to listen to community concerns and to mend some fences with County officials and others.


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