*** Originally posted at 5:15 p.m. Updated at 7:40 p.m. with new cost saving update from the Framingham Superintendent announced at the School Committee meeting of June 13. Last updated at 11:45 p.m. to clarify that Gotgart’s title will now be Executive Director of Business and Operations. Last updated at 7:55 a.m. June 14 with salary information for the two newly-created positions.
FRAMINGHAM – For the 2017-18 school year, the Framingham Public Schools will have a Superintendent, three assistant superintendents, and an Executive Director of Business and Operations.
Newly-hired Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay is changing titles and re-organizing his central office staff.
- Chief Operating Officer Ed Gotgart, who was interim Superintendent of Schools for most of the 2016-17 school year, will now have the title of Executive Director of Business and operations. (Editor’s Note: This was originally reported as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations, but Tremblay said Tuesday night the title would be Executive Director for the 2017-18 school year.)
- Chief Academic Officer Sonia Diaz will now have the title of Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
- Assistant Superintendent Frank Tiano will now have the title of Assistant Superintendent of Community Development and Engagement, which includes communications for the district and the Parent Information Center. He would be the Title IX Coordinator, too.
- Human Resources director Inna London will now have the title of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
None of the four assistant superintendent will have a “salary change,” said Tremblay.
There will now also be five directors in the Framingham Public Schools, including two newly-created positions of Director of Elementary Education and Director of Secondary Education. The other Directors include Special Education, Bilingual Education, and technology.
The Director of Elementary Education has yet to be filled.
The Directors of Elementary and Secondary positions will follow the current salary schedule of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction (a position that is eliminated), said London.
The Step 1 salary, which all members of the Framingham Administrators Association are required to enter, pays $128,200.42.
However, the Administrators’ contract allows members who move to different FAA positions, to either keep the same salary they are making or move to Step 1 of their new position – whichever is higher, explained London.
As part of the reorganization of central office, three other positions were eliminated:
- K-8 coordinator will be eliminated as of June 30
- Director of Academic Support and Professional Development will be eliminated as of August 31
- K-8 Humanities Coordinator position will be eliminated as of September 30.
Tremblay told the School Committee the central office restructuring will save the district about $75,000.
Editor’s Note: Tremblay told the Framingham School Committee tonight, June 13, that the restructuring will save the district a quarter of a million dollars. He said it is about $240,000.
Tremblay spent a week in each of the three Framingham Middle Schools as part of his “residency” program to understand each school, its staff, its students, and its culture.
He said he has heard that parents select an elementary school based on what middle school it feeds into.
“Until we make all the middle schools desireable,” this is never going to stop,” said Tremblay.
Tremblay told the School Committee he is committed to the SAGE program, but that he saw three different versions of the SAGE program in district’s three middle schools.
“I have no intention to take away any services from students,” said Tremblay “I want to make sure that all students are given the same program. This is not happening now.”
He said the SAGE program is just one example.
Tremblay said the new director of elementary education will be responsible to make sure that programming is equitable across the elementary schools.
Tremblay said he wants to move away from “pet programs” at the individual schools. He said opportunities for learning should be offered to all students.
“I support the restructuring,” said Framingham School Committee member Rick Finlay. “We brought you here to lead the district. So far, you have done a tremendous job. I have faith in you.”
“I echo my colleagues support for this,” said Framingham School Committee member Scott Wadland, who asked that Tremblay continue to refine the central office staffing.
The Framingham School Committee approved the central office reorganization plan proposed by Tremblay last week unanimously.
Tremblay said he has learned since April that individuals would send emails to everyone “hoping someone would respond.” Instead, because of communication issues, “there was typically no response.”
Tremblay said he has defined each of the assistant superintendent job descriptions so it is clear who you contact for any concerns.
Below is a flow-chart of the restructuring of the central administration office. (It was provided by the Framingham Public Schools, I do not have a larger version.)