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Joshua Starr, new Montgomery County superintendent to earn $250K

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - The incoming superintendent of Montgomery County public schools will be paid a higher annual base salary than his predecessor.

According to a contract unanimously approved by the county's Board of Education on Tuesday, Joshua Starr will be paid $250,000 a year. He also is receiving $30,000 for moving expenses.

Current Superintendent Jerry Weast initially earned about $237,800, but his salary was tied to the local economy's performance and is now about $217,000. Weast has led the system since 1999 and is retiring in June.

Starr was previously superintendent of the 15,000-student school system in Stamford, Conn. He was named to lead Montgomery County's 144,000-student system in April.

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