FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said he has a framed shirt in his office.
The shirt is for the Class of 2030, which had its first day of kindergarten on August 31.
Tremblay, who during his interviews to be hired superintendent earlier this year, said he would stay in Framingham to see that class receive their diploma – 13 years.
Wednesday, on the first day of school for the 2017-18 school year, he said he still wants to do that.
“Framingham is a great community. It is where I wanted to be a few years ago, and it is where I want to be for a long time,” said Tremblay.
Tremblay, when he was Superintendent of Schools in Milford, applied to be be superintendent in Framingham in 2012. He was named a finalist for the post.
The School Committee instead voted to hire Stacy Scott.
Scott left the district in 2016, and a year later Tremblay is leading the district of more than 9,000 students.
On Wednesday, Tremblay started his day at Framingham High School.
From there Framingham Police Officer and School Resource Officer Kathy McGrath visited every school in the district, but BLOCKS preschool.
Source caught up with the two at Brophy Elementary School, where Tremblay and Principal Frank Rothwell were having a discussion in the front office.
From Brophy, Tremblay visited Dunning Elementary School, where he talked to fifth graders at lunch and met with a few kindergarten parents, who were attending an orientation session.
After Dunning Tremblay, stopped at Hemenway Elementary, then Potter Road Elementary, King Elementary and finishing at Stapleton Elementary, where he recently promoted principal Amy Bright to interim Director of Elementary Education in the district. Bright will take on both roles this school year.
Tremblay said while the visits were quick, he wants to be very visible as superintendent in the district. He visited 14 schools between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tremblay began working for Framingham in April, leaving Weston Public Schools before the end of the school year.
During the spring start in Framingham, Tremblay implemented a “residency program,” in which he spends a week in each of the district’s 15 schools.
He plans to continue the residency program in September and October, before starting work on a strategic plan for the district and individualized improvement plans for each of the schools.
Tremblay also wants to work with all the schools and educational institutions in Framingham. He said he is organizing an education summit with Framingham State, MassBay Community College, Marian High, Keefe Technical, Christa McAuliffe Charter School, Saint bridget School, etc so the leadership of all the schools can discuss issues facing Framingham students and more.