41-year-old Joshua P. Starr is currently the Superintendent of the Stamford, Connecticut public School system. He'll take over as Montgomery County, Md. superintendent of schools July 1.
Starr was chosen from a pool of 30 candidates from 15 states. The 41-year-old educator is currently the superintendent of Stamford public schools, a post he has held for the past six years.
Following the announcement of Starr's appointment, current superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast spoke about the man who will replace him. Weast has served as chief of the county's schools for the past 12 years.
"He will collaborate, he's very smart and he works hard," says Weast. "He's got good ethics and he knows how to inspire people to go to the next level."
Starr will draw upon 18-years of experience as an educator. He began his career as a special education teacher in the New York City public school system. Soon after, he rose to the executive level as director of school performance and accountability.
Starr says hes eager to build on the success of the system.
"If I work closely with the community, the senior staff and the community to really build those relationships, and make sure I'm as visible as possible, I think it'll work out well," he said Monday in a telephone interview from his Connecticut home.
He also talked about his approach to budget matters in a slow economy.
"My budget for the past four years has been approved by the board of education without any cuts," he says. "I think it's a matter of working with the elected officials and the community to make sure we have a budget in line with our priorities."
Starr holds a doctorate degree in administration and social policy from Harvard University. Pending final contract negotiations, he'll begin as Montgomery County schools superintendent July 1.