FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay wants to hire the school business manager from the Norton Public Schools to replace Executive Director of Business and Operations Ed Gotgart, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
Lincoln Lynch IV, if approved by the Framingham School Committee in a vote at their June 6 meeting, would be the new Executive Director of Finance and Operations for the Framingham Public Schools.
Under Massachusetts Education Reform law, the 9-member School Committee must approve the pick the Superintendent’s pick.
“Lincoln’s experience and approach during the interview process proved from the beginning that he would be a tremendous asset to our school district as we continue to bring the District’s Strategic Plan to life,” said Superintendent Tremblay, in a press release.
“His financial prowess and ability to respond to complex tasks and forecast a nuanced budget as evidenced during the multi-hour, task-based element of the second round interview process coupled with his personable demeanor and positive energy seemed to make him a perfect fit for our team,” said Tremblay.
Prior to joining the Norton Public Schools, Lynch was the School Business Administrator for the Charms Collaborative in Stoughton and an Institutional Account Manager at RISO, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire (Durham) and his Master in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State College.
“My decision to apply for the Executive Director of Finance and Operations position was influenced by many things, namely the dedicated leadership team of Framingham Public Schools and the continuous support the City of Framingham has shown the students,” said Lynch. “I appreciate my time and experience serving the student body of Norton Public Schools for the last four years and I’m excited to begin this next chapter with Framingham Public Schools. I’m grateful for the opportunity that Superintendent Tremblay has given me and I look forward to joining the leadership team in July.”
“Lincoln is not only a great fit for the Superintendent’s team, covering finance and operations, but he is completely in sync with our growing culture of energy, accountability, transparency and approachability,” said Geoffrey Epstein Framingham School Committee Finance and Operations Subcommittee Chair, in a press release. “The School Committee will look to Mr. Lynch for clear and understandable financial and operational intelligence each month.”
Lynch would replace Gotgart, who served under four superintendent of schools, and filled in as interim superintendent before Tremblay was hired.
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. He 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.