Montgomery County's new school superintendent Jack Smith at the Drive for Supplies Celebration at Wootton High School.

Montgomery County's new school superintendent Jack Smith at the Drive for Supplies Celebration at Wootton High School.

After more than a year of uncertainty at the helm, Montgomery County public schools opens its 2016-2017 academic year with a new leader. On July 1, former Maryland academic officer Jack Smith took over the 159,000-student system with a primary focus on narrowing the county’s widening achievement gap. Smith’s full plate also includes addressing overcrowding -– the district is growing by about 2,500 students per year -– and disciplinary issues prompted by controversy over underage drinking. Kojo sits down with Smith to talk about the challenges ahead in Maryland’s largest school district.

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  • Jack Smith Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools

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