It’s been a long time coming but people who work for the Madawaska School Department are finally feeling a sense of security. On Tuesday, voters approved the school department’s much debated budget for the 2013-14 year.
Ginette Albert, Madawaska Superintendent of Schools says, “you wouldn’t believe the relief and the staff too the staff they feel the sigh of relief because they know now their year has started and they can continue it without worrying about do they have a job do they not have a job midyear?”
Now that her budget passed, Superintendent Ginette Albert isn’t wasting any time – soon she and the school department will jump into the budget for next year. They’re already setting up meetings with the high school and elementary school to see what is and what’s not needed in the curricula.
“We’re not going to wait until the last minute,” Albert says. “I mean people need to know if they’re going to have a job come in June because they need to be looking if that would happen..I don’t foresee that happening but you just never know.”
Albert’s goal since she took over as interim superintendent in August was to remain transparent — and the community has told her she’s done a great job.
Albert says, “As a matter of fact one gentleman who is notorious for asking tons of questions at the town meeting, I saw him the day of the meeting and I said to him, are you all set to question me? And his response was, no need to.”
Though she only signed on to be the superintendent through January 1st, Albert could end up staying through the rest of the year. And though the budget has been an issue for Madawaska for years now, Albert says since 2010-2011 school year, they’ve cut more than 712-thousand dollars.