MoCo school chief Jerry Weast to retire
Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2011 school year, bringing a long run as head of one of the country's top school systems to a close.
Weast has been superintendent of Montgomery County schools for 11 years, and is among the nation's longest serving school leaders. He notified the school board in a memo Tuesday that he would be leaving when his current contract expires on June 30, 2011.
"The success our students have achieved over the last 11 years is a testament to the leadership of the Board, the amazing dedication, talent and professionalism of our staff, the unyielding support of our parents and the hard work of our students, who, each time we raised the bar, always met or exceeded our expectations," Weast stated.
Weast first became a superintendent at 28 in his native Kansas. He arrived in Rockville in 1999, vowing to end a persistent achievement gap between white and Asian students and black and Hispanic students. The school system is now a large, diverse model for academic reform.
The share of black students who graduate with a passing score on at least one Advanced Placement test has doubled since 2000, and the reading scores for blacks and whites has narrowed from 32 points to 13.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Weast's tough tests
Jerry Weast Timeline
Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast has been one of the longest serving superintendents among the nation's biggest school districts. Here are some significant dates in his career:
1969: Completed B.S. and started teaching accounting and psychology in Kansas high schools.
1972: Promoted to principal in McCune, Kansas at age 24.
1976: Named superintendent of schools in Uniontown, Kansas, at 28.
1978-93: Served as superintendent in Towanda and Coffeyville, Kansas; Great Falls, Montana; Durham, N.C.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.
1993: Named superintendent of 61,000-student Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.
1999: Appointed superintendent of 140,000-student Montgomery County schools.
2009: 10-year anniversary as Montgomery County superintendent.
August 24, 2010: Weast announces he will retire at the end of the school year.
Posted by: webfool | August 24, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: free-donny | August 24, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: jzsartucci | August 24, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: free-donny | August 24, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jzsartucci | August 24, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: amychan | August 25, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Laurie24 | August 25, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: mcstowy | August 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.