Statement from the Montgomery County Board of Education

February 2, 2024

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024.   The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

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