March 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Future of MC school chief in limbo

DISCLAIMER: Montgomery County Daily does not support or deny this editorial, yet publishes it to show a viewpoint.

IMAGINE a corporation with a chief executive officer whose vision and management skills resulted in unparalleled product improvement. Imagine the company about to face some of its biggest challenges. No one would think it a good idea to change leadership. Yet, that is what is about to happen to the Montgomery County school system if officials don't figure out a way to hang on toSchools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast.

Mr. Weast is soon to enter the final year of his third four-year term. Under conditions of his contract, he has until Feb. 1, 2011, to tell the school board if he wishes to seek another term, and the members have a month after that to let him know if they are interested. Mr. Weast has led people to believe he is ready to retire, having accomplished much as one of the longest-serving superintendents in the country. His detractors, as The Post's Daniel de Vise wrote last year, were counting the days to his departure. Some board members are impatient to start a search, and the issue is sure to figure in this fall's school board elections.

FULL STORY: Washington Post

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