Reports: MCPS Reorganizes Central Office, Focuses on Principals
Superintendent Starr reorganizes staff and wants to give principals a direct line to him, the Gazette reports.
It's Dr. Joshua Starr's second full year as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools and he's making changes. The Gazette reports that he reorganized parts of his staff in an effort to reach out to school principals.
Back in April, former Northeast Consortium community superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez was picked to head the newly created Office of School Support and Improvement, formerly the Office of School Performance.
The office will "better align and coordinate direct services to schools and principals," according to a statement from the district. She will report directly to Starr, the Gazette reports, which is a shift from the previous position that served under a deputy superintendent.
Starr told the newspaper that he wants to build a relationship between schools and the central office.
“Part of the message principals have told us is that, 'in order to serve me well, you need to know me well,'” Starr said. “What I tell staff is, you need to get to know what a principal’s strategy is. You need to be able to understand and communicate what the vision of the school is, and see the day-to-day interactions, and build up the level of trust.”
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