Board of Education Launches Superintendent Search
The Montgomery County Board of Education is launching a national search for a new Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The Board is seeking to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, 2015.
On February 3, 2015, the Board and Superintendent Joshua P. Starr reached a mutual agreement that will end Dr. Starr’s tenure with MCPS. The Board unanimously approved a departure agreement that enables the Board to begin the search for a new superintendent and for Dr. Starr to pursue new career opportunities. Dr. Starr’s last day with the district is Monday, February 16.
The first step in the search process was the appointment of an outside firm to assist the Board. On Tuesday, February 10, the Board contracted with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, which has worked with MCPS on the last two superintendent searches (1999 and 2011) and has worked with many large districts around the country
The search will include opportunities for community members to share the characteristics and expertise they would like to see in the next superintendent through community forums, focus groups, and an online survey. HYA will assist the Board in developing a job description and will ensure candidates are recruited through many different national networks. In the coming weeks, the Board will launch a website to share more information about the search.
The Board has appointed Mr. Larry Bowers, the district’s chief operating officer, to serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent is in place. Mr. Bowers is a 37-year veteran of MCPS and has served in a variety of leadership roles for the district, including deputy superintendent and, for the past 16 years, chief operating officer.