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FPS Announces a Senior Leadership Retirement and Begins the Search Process for a New Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Framingham Public Schools

  Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager

Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099

Framingham Public Schools Announces a Senior Leadership Retirement and Begins the Search Process for a New Director of Fine and Performing Arts

April 1, 2022 (Framingham, MA) - Framingham Public Schools would like to share a bittersweet retirement announcement and as a result, a leadership opportunity within the Central Office. With 32 years experience in public education, Ms. Donna Wresinski, the Director of Fine and Performing Arts announced her retirement effective January 2022 but has remained in a limited capacity with a full retirement on June 30th, 2022. While Ms. Wresinski will be missed greatly, the District wishes her well as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Ms. Donna Wresinski
Ms. Wresinski has devoted the last 20 years of her professional career to serving the needs of Framingham’s culturally and linguistically diverse students in the Framingham Public Schools, as a Theater Arts teacher for the first 14 years and for the last 6 years in the Central Office as the Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

Under her leadership, she revived the grade five band and string program which had been lost due to budget cuts. Currently, over 80% of Framingham students in grade five play an instrument. She also brought music classes to the BLOCKS Preschool Program. Ms. Wresinski created two theater management positions, started the annual K-12 Visual Arts show at the public library, brought Quaver Music and Drums Alive to the elementary music program, created equity in drama by expanding drama classes to all three middle schools, traveled to The Fringe Festival in Scotland with 90 members of the school and community, directed The Laramie Project and 9-11 A Remembrance with community members to use art to impact healing, and has brought Framingham High School Drama Company to the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s State Final Competition for fifteen years. Under her lead, the Drama Department at FHS is recognized as one of the top 3 programs in the state.  

“Donna”, as the students have referred to her for over 30 years, has recently been named the Artistic / Executive Director of the Eventide Theatre Company in Dennis, Massachusetts. 

“While Donna is often immediately associated with our second-to-none drama program in Framingham, I have had the privilege of working with her as a member of the Framingham Public Schools Leadership Team in her role as a tireless advocate for children and the entire fine and performing arts program,” said Dr. Robert Tremblay, Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools. “Donna has leveraged partnerships within the city and beyond to create spaces for students to shine on stage, in the pit, behind the curtain, and in the galleries where the arts and students are celebrated. She has the remarkable vision to dream big and practical knowledge to bring the vision to life! Ms. Wresinski will be missed, but she has left a legacy in Framingham that will continue for years and decades to come.”

Please join us in thanking Ms. Wresinski for her many years of service, advocacy, and commitment to student growth and achievement.

Director of Fine and Performing Arts
The District will be launching a full-scale search process with various opportunities for community member involvement. This typically includes a survey for input on the characteristics and qualities of the Department leader as well as, various screening committees to determine interview questions and narrow down candidates.

The Director of Fine and Performing Arts provides leadership and direction for the fine and performing arts programs in order to deliver equal access to high levels of instruction and Framingham Public Schools’ high expectations for achievement of academic proficiency for all students, in Dance, Theater, Music and Visual Art.

The job is posted and open for applications. Apply Now.

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About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts 
The award-winning Department of Fine and Performing Arts in Framingham Public Schools challenges students creatively and academically, approaching all art forms with hands-on learning that inspires a life-long passion for the arts. Within well-equipped art studios, theaters, music rooms, dance labs, and classrooms, students explore a wide variety of arts techniques and approaches. All students develop an appreciation for the fundamental and integral tenets of all the art forms and create their own artistic voice to prepare them to be a contributor to the world's cultural economy. Follow Framingham Public Schools Fine & Performing Arts (@FraminghamFPA) on Facebook and on Instagram

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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