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Framingham School Committee Awards High Grades to Its Superintendent

Review: Scott is a "visionary and an exemplary educational leader and role model who, in his short 20 month tenure in the Framingham Public Schools, has created an infrastructure that supports high quality teaching and learning."

With no parents or teachers in the audience, the Framingham School Committee issued its review of Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott. Credit: Susan Petroni
With no parents or teachers in the audience, the Framingham School Committee issued its review of Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott. Credit: Susan Petroni
Framingham School Superintendent Stacy Scott, who is in his second year of a three-year contract, received high grades from the Framingham School Committee Tuesday night.

Scott received an overall combined rating of 3.5 out of 4, with three meaning proficient and 4 exemplary.

He was awarded a ranking of 2.6 on a 3-point scale for his impact on student learning.

Framingham School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo read the public review Tuesday night.

It was a composite review from the seven School Committee members as of April 1, which included former School Committee member Carol Phalen and David Miles.

Scott is a  "visionary and an exemplary educational leader and role model who, in his short 20 month tenure in the Framingham Public Schools, has created an infrastructure that supports high quality teaching and learning and one that infuses rigor and relevance. District innovation and improvement has rapidly begun to move the district forward."

The Framingham School District is rated a level 3 district by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Conmonwealth uses a five-level scale, ranking the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in level 5.

Half of Framingham's 12 schools are level 3. The district's only level 1 school is Dunning Elementary. Hemenway was downgraded to level 2 this past year.

Scott "has a very aggressive and proactive approach to addressing increased achievement in the district," reads the review. "He has reviewed and analyzed the challenges from the DESE review and has developed plans to tackle them."

"Our superintendent is a forward thinking leader who sets expectation based on real data," reads the review. "Scott is an ethical man whose drive for equity in the district is impressive. He has shored up various policies regarding legal and ethical standards. He works with integrity and honesty."

The review states "we are impressed with his erudite demeanor, professionalism in conversing and communication with the public and the press, and his clarity and skill in making public presentations. He proves persuasive, yet not overbearing, authoritative yet personable."

The new, multi-step review was made public Tuesday at 9:59 p.m., before an empty audience of the School Committee. This was the first year the Framingham committee had used the new review system, adopted by the Commonwealth last year.

One thing the review suggested Scott work to improve is his communication with the Committee, the community and with families. The review specifically mentioned "regular social media communication."

Despite that recommendation, he received a 3.3 rating out of 4 for "family and community engagement."

"Scott has been a positive, visible force in the community," reads the review. "His ability to shift plans for a grade 5 move to middle school to a new plan (opening the King Elementary School) showed flexibility, a genuine concern for community sentiment, foresight and excellent follow-thorough."

The Committee listed as an "opportunity" for Scott to "place a careful emphasis on recruiting and mentoring the best possible candidates (internal and external) for senior leadership positions. The entire staff should feel empowered and supported to drive student achievement."

Since Scott started as Superintendent in July 2012, he has had to replace the Stapleton principal position twice and Wilson Elementary, Fuller Middle, Walsh Middle (still in progress), Cameron Middle and Framingham High principals. Not one position went to an internal candidate, although some were finalists.

The School Committee rated Scott 3.4 out of 4 in meetings their goals set for the Superintendent.

"Scott's exemplary leadership is substantive, logical, through, thoughtful and driven by data analysis and sound judgment," reads his review. "From exploring the addition of Chinese language instruction through grants, to ensuring a thoughtful review in all subjects and assessments, adding K-12 department heads in all subjects, strengthening of the critical social/emotional supports of all students, and a strong focus on supervision and evaluation to ensure that all teachers are energized and supported to deliver the best to students, Dr. Scott is bringing a strong level of urgency to student instruction."

In regards to "management and operations" the Committee awarded Scott a rating of 3.4 out of 4, with 3 being proficient and 4 being exemplary.

"Scott's ideas and implementations of outcomes-based, district-wide procedures and systems show great thought, skill and measurement," reads his review. "He has placed emphasis on ensuring that his staff worked hard reinforcing and publicizing our Title IX policies to further fortify the district's practices."

The review stated Scott "has an excellent grasp of funding, mandates and how they relate to the school system. Dr. Scott's team has developed a multi-year financial plan to compliment and support his multi-year educational plan, as well as a multi-year capital plan to address the infrastructure needs and the enrollment at the elementary level."

The School Committee approved the review 5-0, with new Committee members Jim Stockless and Michelle Brosnahan abstaining.

Before the School Committee meeting started at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Hugo said the Committee has begun closed door negotiations with Scott, on a new 3-year contract.

Scott makes a base salary of $200,000 under his originally contract inked in March 2012.

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Framingham parents and community members, on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 excellent and 1 poor, what would you rate Superintendent Scott?
Antonio Gomez June 19, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Escolas Públicas de Framingham não se comunicam bem com a comunidade de língua português. Muitas vezes a informação está postando no site de distritos e, em seguida, ssays em breve traduções em português e espanhol. Por que temos que esperar por uma tradução. O diretor da escola dos meus filhos faz um bom trabalho, mas a administração não faz. Estou publicando meus comentários de propósito em português primeiro becuase é assim que alguns dos meus vizinhos e amigos se sentem quando vêem itens no site em Inglês e não traduzidos em português.
Antonio Gomez June 19, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Framingham Public Schools do not communicate well with the Portuguese speaking community. Many times information is posting on the district's website and then it says coming soon translations in Portuguese and Spanish. Why do we have to wait for a translation? The principal at my childrens school does a good job but the administration does not. I am publishing my comments purposely in Portuguese first because this is how some of my neighbors and friends feel when they see items on the website in English and not translated in Portuguese. I can not tell you how often I have to translate for families in the neighborhood where we live. Dr. Scott and his administration have to remember not everyone in this district has parents who can read, write and speak in English. We want our kids to be able to do so and to do better in life thus why we send them to school, but you have to communicate with us in both English and our language, so we can understand more about our children's schooling. And finally, I'll ask is this review available in Portuguese or Spanish on the Framinghamk12 website? or just in English?
Momof3 June 19, 2014 at 05:31 PM
I would give Scott and his administration 1.5 out of 4 for communication. Providing timely news to parents has not always been forthcoming. Also I wish the Superintendent review was more like a list instead of opinion by the School Committee members. It would be great to see a list of 10 things Dr. Scott has accomplished in the last 12 months. 10 Things he has improved since arriving in Framingham. I saw it mentions about social media - I would suggest Dr. Scott write a column on Framingham Patch once a month, if not weekly. Many parents read the Patch daily. It would help accomplish his social media goal, improve communications with parents and have interact with the community more.
Gina Fishman June 20, 2014 at 05:23 AM
To be honest, I'm not sure who is being evaluated by the SC. While there are many points mentioned above that I'm concerned with, a big issue I have is with communication. This past school year has proven yet again that communication is not a strong suite for many in this administration. And, unfortunately, I'm starting to see this trickle down into the schools. Not _ALL_ folks are bad at communicating, but releasing/sharing information until you are being forced to, per say, is not acceptable. Or is that a tact the Virginia firm suggests using? Before you think I am throwing stones at everyone, my daughters teachers at the ES and MS level have been quite communicative. These teachers know who they are, but I'd like to thank them for making this school year great.
Mrsg214 June 22, 2014 at 02:15 PM
It would also be nice if Scott would return emails to parents that are sent. I wrote three letters this year and not only did I copy him on them but I copied Diaz as well who also gets paid a hefty salary and neither one had the decency to return an email. I am not sure how this qualifies as good communication. As said in an earlier post, the administration also does not communicate in a timely manner either. The teachers are told they must, and they are evaluated on this in the new evaluation system by the state. The people that make the "real" money should lead by example.

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