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FRAMINGHAM – After 3 decades in the Framingham Public Schools, Framingham’s Director of Multilingual Education Gen Greci is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Greci was a teacher, department chair, and for the last 11 years worked in central office as Assistant Director and then Director of the Office of Multilingual Education.

Framingham Public Schools advertised for the position, and received 19 applications, said Framingham Assistant Superintendent of Schools Inna London.

In the Framingham Public Schools, there are more than 70 languages spoken. The district has two-way programs in both Spanish and Portuguese.

According to the state, 48.4% of the students in the district English is not their first language. The state average is 23.4%.

In Framingham Public Schools, 26.2% of the students are English Language Learners (ELL), compared to 10.5% for the state average.

The ultimate decision on who is hired is up to Superintendent of schools Bob Tremblay, but the district is using screen committees to narrow the applicants.

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The goal is to announce the new hire, the first week in April, said London.

London said the district established three rounds of screening committees for the director post, including parents and staff in the process.

All 19 applicants were interview by the round one screen committee, said London.

Co-chairs of the round one screening committee were Framingham High teacher Michelle McGhan, Coordinator of ELL & Bilingual Education Evanggelia Diamantopoulos and parent Sarah Bowers.

Other members of the first round committee included: Elizabeth Akoma (parent), Barbieri Elementary Principal Maria Davis (Barbieri Principal), Beth Goldfarb (parent) Brophy Elementary Vice Principal Caitlin Long, FHS PTBO President Nancy Novo O’Connor, Fuller ELD Coach Meghan Quinlan, Framingham High ELD Coach Joseph Santiago, Lori Schroth (parent), Framingham High Department Head Sheryl Stacey, and OST Coordinator Nayagara Viera.

Round 2 screen committees are interviewing 9 candidates, said London, who is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

The Round 2 has three screening committees – one made of parents, one for teachers, and one for administrators.

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Parent committee is chaired by Akoma with members Goldfarb, and O’Connor.

Teachers committee is chaired by Wilson Elementary teacher Shannon Kessler. Other members include Framingham High teacher Marthali Nicodemus, Barbieri ELL Coach Jill Davan, and Brophy Elementary teacher Lisa Lopez.

The administrators screening committee is chaired by Parent Information Center Director Mikaele Nieves, with Director of Fine & performing Arts Donna Wresinski, Potter Road Principal Larry Wolpe, and Dunning Elementary Principal Michele Schecter.

The Round 2 screening committees will then recommend individuals to move on to a Round 3 screening committee, explained London.

The Round 3 screening committee includes Supt. Tremblay, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Amy Bright, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Anne Ludes, Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Community Development Joseph Corazzini and London.

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