FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools is losing one of its longest-serving administrators in June.
Framingham Public Schools Executive Director of Business and Operations Ed Gotgart plans to retire at the end of this school year.
Gotgart served under four superintendent of schools, and filled in as interim superintendent for one school year.
Gotgart, who filled in as interim Superintendent of School when former Superintendent Stacy Scott was on administrative leave, has been with the district for a decade. He stepped down as interim Superintendent when Bob Tremblay started in April 2017.
Gotgart came to the Framingham Public School district, after former Superintendent Gene Thayer recruited him to leave the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Hyde Park.
Gotgart was hired in 2008 as interim business manager for the district by Thayer.
After his one year contract ended, he was given a 3-year deal by then Superintendent of Schools Steven Hiersche.
He was later given the title of Finance Director of the Framingham Public Schools.
Under Superintendent Scott, Gotgart was given the title of Chief Operating Officer. His contract at that time paid him just over $150,000 a year.
Tremblay gave Gotgart the title of Executive Director of Business and Operations last year.
Gotgart, who has a doctorate in educational leadership from Boston University, was an assistant superintendent in Wellesley, and the assistant dean for budget and finance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In the 1970s, he worked at the Massachusetts Department of Education with former Superintendent Thayer, as the department’s bureau of management in its special education division.
Under the City of Framingham Charter, and according to state law, the School Committee would hire the next Business Director for the public school district.
The departure of Gotart is the second major loss in the Framingham Public Schools’ Business Office. Finance Director Chick Gallo left last fall.
The Business Office for the Framingham Public Schools provides financial management for the School Department including the development of financial policies and procedures; acting as fiscal agent for all external funds; procurement; accounting and accounts payable. The Business Office also oversees the maintenance, buildings and grounds, and transportation divisions.