Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy L. Scott has been operating the $115.7 million Framingham Public Schools this entire school year without an active license.
Scott’s Superintendent license, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), expired on June 18, 2015.
As of this morning, May 3, Scott does not have a current superintendent license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts DESE’s Office of Educator Licensure told Framingham Source this morning, that Scott was issued a “preliminary” superintendent license on June 18. 2010. Preliminary licenses are valid for five years of employment, and “cannot be extended.”
Scott told Framingham Source he applied for a “alternative process for his “initial” superintendent license “about a year ago.”
He said he is expected to go before the state’s review panel this month.
Scott told Source he anticipates bringing his “updated license” to the “next School Committee meeting to show every one.”
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, individuals are issued one of three superintendent licenses.
- The first is called a “preliminary” license. It is valid for 5 years, can not be extended and can not be renewed.
To receive a “preliminary” superintendent license, an individual must complete at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public/charter school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Department. He or she must also pass a “Communication and Literacy Skills test.”
At the end of a “preliminary” license, and individual applies for an “initial license.”
2. The next is an “initial” license. It is issued for 5 years, and can be renewed once, before applying for a “professional” license.
3. The third license is a “professional” license. One receives a professional license after having had both a “preliminary” and an “initial license.” Click here to read more about state licenses for educators.
In the Framingham Public Schools, teachers and principals are also licensed by the state. School bus drivers need a valid driver’s license and a school nurse must have a medical license.
Framingham Assistant Superintendent Frank Tiano, who was superintendent in Chelmsford before being hired in June 2015, has a valid license according to the Office of Educator Licensure. His license was first issued on April 30, 2009 and it will expire on Nov. 4, 2019.
Framingham Chief Academic Officer Sonia Diaz, who came to Framingham from Dracut Public Schools along with Scott in 2012, has a valid superintendent’s license. Her license was first issued on Sept 1, 1993. It expires on March 24, 2021.
Keefe Technical’s Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Evans was first issued a license on August 4, 2011. His license expires in 2018.
Scott, who was Superintendent of School in Dracut, was hired by the Framingham School Committee in March 2012 for a 3-year contract.
His initial contract was for $200,000 per year, a large increase from his $152,000 contract in Dracut.
His contract was renewed by the Framingham School Committee and now concludes on June 30,2017.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 38G states “No person shall be eligible for employment as a teacher, guidance counselor, director, school psychologist, school adjustment counselor, school social worker, school nurse, library media specialist, school business administrator, principal, supervisor, director, assistant superintendent of school, and superintendent of schools by a school district unless he has been granted by the commissioner a provisional, or standard certificate with respect to the type of position for which he seeks employment; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a school committee from prescribing additional qualifications; and provided further, that a superintendent may upon request be exempt by the commissioner for any one school year from the requirement in this section to employ certified personnel when compliance therewith would in the opinion of the commissioner constitute a great hardship in securing teachers for that school district.”
On October 13, 2015, the Mayor of Cambridge and the Cambridge Public Schools announced that Scott was one of three finalists for its new superintendent.
On October 19, Scott issued a statement saying ““Cambridge has decided to go forward with another candidate,” before that school district announced his new superintendent.
Scott is the fifth Superintendent of Schools in Framingham since 2000.
He replaced now Beverly Superintendent of Schools Steven Hiersche, who was Framingham Superintendent from July 2009 to June 2012.
Eugene Thayer was Superintendent between 2007 and 2009.
Christopher Martes was Superintendent of Schools from 2003 to 2007. Mark Smith was Superintendent for 6 years before retiring in 2003.