UPDATED at 12:30 p.m. One member of the search committee has resigned.
Town-Wide PTO President Scott Wadland has resigned, due to health reasons. The PTO representative will now be Cameron PTO president Nancy O’Connor.
FRAMINGHAM – Tonight is the first meeting of the 13-member search committee compiled to identify finalists for the position of Superintendent of the Framingham Public Schools, with more than 8,700 students.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 73 Mount Wayte Avenue at the Perini Building.
The meeting will be closed to the public. Part of tonight’s meeting will be focused on discussing the need for confidentiality by the Committee. Framingham Public Schools Human Resources Director Inna London is expected to attend the meeting.
December 30 was the deadline for candidates to apply for the position. The position was advertised on November 30. To read the job description, click here.
It is not known as of January 3 at midnight how many individuals have applied to be Superintendent in Framingham.
Former Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott, who had been on a paid leave since before the 2016-17 school year began, submitted his resignation to the School Committee in December. The School Committee named Ed Gotgart interim Superintendent of Schools in August.
The elected Framingham School Committee appointed a 13-member screening committee to review applications and identify finalists for Superintendent. Finalists will be interviewed publicly in February 2017.
Members of that search committee include:
- School Committee Chair Heather Connolly
- Interim Superintendent of Schools Ed Gotgart
- Susan Arndt – F-SEPAC co-chair
- Sarah Bartels-Marrero – a parent
- Joseph Corazzini – Framingham Public Schools Director of Community Resource Development
- Adam Freudberg
- Richard Paul
- Cameron PTO President Nancy O’Connor will replace Town-Wide PTO President Scott Wadland — selected by the PTO presidents in Framingham
- Brophy Elementary Principal Frank Rothwell
- Barbieri Elementary Vice-Principal Ricardo Dobles
- Framingham Teachers Association selection – Mike Koziara, a physical education teacher at Wilson Elementary, and former FTA co-president
- Framingham Teachers Association selection – Nancy Black
- Framingham Selectmen selection – Robin Kaye
Connolly will be at the first screening committee meeting, while School Committee vice chair Don Taggart will run tonight’s School Committee meeting at 7 at King Elementary School tonight.
The elected 7-member School Committee is scheduled to vote to hire a new Superintendent on Tuesday, March 7. He or she would start on July 1.
The town’s annual election is Tuesday, April 4. Three of the seven School Committee members are up for re-election.
Below is the timeline to hire a Superintendent:
- Nov. 30, 2016 – Superintendent job advertised
- First week in December – focus groups with parents, teachers, community, etc.
- Dec. 13, 2016 – School Committee appoints Screening Committee
- Dec. 30, 2016 – Deadline to apply for Superintendent
- Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 – First meeting of the Screening Committee from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 – Second meeting of Search Committee from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 – Search Committee would interview semi-finalists starting at 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon
- Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 – Search Committee would interview semi-finalists, starting at 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 – Search Committee would interview semi-finalists, starting at 5:30 p.m.
- Editor’s Note: Semi-finalists interviews are not public. Names are not released.
- Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 – Finalists for Framingham Superintendent announced to the public at School Committee meeting
- Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 – School Committee interviews finalist #A (This is public)
- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 – School Committee interviews finalist #B (This is public)
- Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 – School Committee interviews finalist #C (This is public)
- Week of Feb. 27, 2017 – School Committee visits school districts of the finalists
- Tuesday, March 7– School Committee takes vote to hire Superintendent, who would start July 1, 2017.
What Happened to the Current Superintendent?
The School Committee announced the Scott’s leave on August 24 in a memo to Framingham Public school employees. Framingham Source was the first media outlet to publish the news to the community.
Scott, who was hired in 2012, is under contract through June 30, 2017.
In May, Framingham Source exclusively reported that Scott have been superintendent without a valid license for the entire 2015-16 school year.
After the license issue, the Framingham Teachers Association took a no confidence vote in Scott.
The School Committee also held closed door meetings to discuss the Superintendent, after the license issue became public.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Scott was a finalist for superintendent in three school district in two states. In each case, the district chose another candidate.
Scott submitted his official resignation to the Framingham Public Schools this month. It is unclear if he will still continue to receive a paycheck through the end of his contract.