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UPDATED: Hiersche Leaving at End of Contract

Superintendent of Schools Steven Hiersche announced at the School Committee meeting he will leave at the end of his contract. Town of Framingham is now looking for a Town Manager and a Superintendent.

Citing "personal and professional reasons," Superintendent of Schools Steven Hiersche announced at the School Committee meeting he will leave at the end of his contract. He told staff at a meeting on Monday.

Framingham Patch is .

We will , we reported early today on our Framingham Patch Facebook page, after the meeting.

His contract ends on June 30, 2012.

Brenda Crawshaw August 31, 2011 at 01:10 AM
That's a shock - NOT. So we start the process AGAIN! Ugh!
Walt Magee August 31, 2011 at 01:22 AM
The deal is they get hired as Super, term the contract then fill out the retirement papers. The life expectance of School Super is 3 to 5 years.
Brenda Crawshaw August 31, 2011 at 01:25 AM
I dunno, I feel like poor Framingham has been a notch on too many superintendent's bedposts.... so to speak......
Jim Rizoli August 31, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE..... So you don't see a trend here? Why can't Framingham hold a good school boss... Look at what he has to deal with. A good place to work shouldn't lose good people. Come to your own conclusions....I have mine.
Joe Rizoli August 31, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com What's the matter, too much diversity for him? If he has a problem with learning the languages of the many new students I can recommend the Adult ESL program. Problem is it's done by lottery, he may not get a slot. Let's see, Town manager leaving, School Superintendent leaving....... I wonder what is wrong with my Town? I guess these people aren't CHOOSING FRAMINGHAM.............. Joe Rizoli
Rich August 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM
There is no trend anymore. The old trend was a super would be here for most (if not all) of their career. Now you have the professional jumper. They stay maybe one or two contracts and then its off to bigger and better. Only issue is that it creates a higher starting salary point to get the next person in.
Jim Rizoli August 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM "Personal Reasons" LOL.....Translated....You couldn't pay me with all the tea in China to work here! Pretty soon we just might be paying people with tea from China.
Kim Prouty August 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM
First off, Julian Suso is not leaving Framingham voluntarily. His contract as Town Manager was not renewed. So far as Steven Hiersche, his performance has been poor. He botched the school reorg when he got here, made several questioable hirings for key posts, he screwed up the new bus policy last year and oversaw amazingly loose bookkeeping procedures. He's been a poor communicator to parents and is a stranger to the school kids. Dr. Hiersche was a weakling fighting for budget. His short tenure saw hundreds in his department laid off. And last year, when asked at Town Meeting what programs he'd try to restore with any monies allocated above level service budget, had no answer. Dr. Hiersche is a professional. There have never been questions of his good intentions, qualifications, intelligence, or ethics, but he's not a strong leader. He has been a disappointment as Superintendent of Schools. I believe Framingham can find someone better to fill this position.
Jim Rizoli August 31, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Kim....Good assessment of Dr. Hierche. With those thoughts in mind I also think what he bargained for coming to Framingham was way more than he expected. All future recruits should be made more aware the "unique" problems Framingham has. The problem is, if they really knew what the Town was about they most likely wouldn't come here to work....sad to say. We might need a more "city" type of person to run the show here. But that type of person might rub a lot of people the wrong way here. It's all about pleasing the right people you know....not necessarily telling the truth about what is going on here. People want to only hear the good things going on in the schools not the way things really are.
Beannie Schwalm January 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Brenda, don't feel like Framingham is alone. Dr. Hiersche did the same thing to Watertown and Watertown is experiencing the same kind of turnover in superintendents that your town is. We are doing yet another superintendent search as we speak. Our last two have left to go to Newton, so we are a stepping stone to more $$ in a wealthier community. Good luck in your search!
Keith Nelson March 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'm posting this after scanning through the transcript of Dr. Hiersche's interview with the Melrose School Committee. Kim, you sure hit the nail on the head on this one. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Steve.

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