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Deputy Superintendent Frieda Lacey to Retire in June after 41 Years
Deputy Superintendent Frieda Lacey to Retire in June after 41 Years

The following information was sent to us by Montgomery County Public Schools:


Deputy Superintendent of Schools Frieda K. Lacey has announced her plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Dr. Lacey has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) for 41 years and has served as Deputy Superintendent for the past eight years. 

Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr thanked Dr. Lacey for her service and support.

“Frieda Lacey is a cornerstone of Montgomery County Public Schools and the impact of her work will continue for generations to come,” Dr. Starr said. “On a personal note, I am very grateful to Frieda for her advice, her wisdom and her honesty during my first months as superintendent. I look forward to continuing our work together this school year and I know she will continue to be a champion for the students and staff of Montgomery County.” 

Dr. Lacey came to MCPS in 1971 as a special education teacher and, over the years, served in a variety of roles, including placement specialist, supervisor of Special Education Instruction and principal of the former McKenney Hills Learning Center. Over four decades, her career has been dedicated to providing all students access to an outstanding education and has made it a lifelong goal to narrow the achievement gap.

She served as MCPS’ Equity Assurance Officer, where she provided systemwide monitoring of school trends on the placement of minority students in special education and her outstanding work led to her appointment as the Director of the Division of Equity Assurance and Compliance.  It was in this role that she revamped special education dispute resolution by introducing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution, thereby expanding the use of relationship-oriented solutions for families.  In recognition of the innovative work she brought to MCPS’ special education department, Dr. Lacey was recruited to be an “on-loan executive” from MCPS to assist the Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools in reforming the district’s approach to special education.

In 1999, Dr. Lacey returned to MCPS and was appointed the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools and later became Chief of Staff.  In 2004, Dr. Lacey was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Schools, where she supervises the academic initiatives of MCPS.