Pelletier steps into principal role at Madawaska Elementary
MADAWASKA, Maine — Following a school year with no full-time principal, Madawaska Elementary School will begin classes next month with a new principal once more. The Madawaska School Committee hired Lise G. Pelletier last week as the new Teaching Principal at MES.
Former MES Principal Ben Sirois took on the position of Maine School Administrative District No. 27 superintendent in September of 2015. Madawaska Middle / High School Principal Wayne Anderson filled Sirois’ position temporarily – serving at MES a couple of days per week – while also maintaining his position at MMHS. “We need to get ready for the new school year,” Madawaska Schools Superintendent Gisele Dionne wrote in an email Monday, July 25. Wasting no time, Pelletier began work July 19, just a day after the school committee voted to approve her hiring. Prior to taking on the administrative position at MES, Pelletier was a Special Education teacher at the school for kindergarten through third-grade. Speaking at a July 18 school committee meeting, Dionne said Pelletier was a ”proven leader.” According to both Anderson and Dionne, the need for a full-time presence in the principal’s office was evident this past school year. “The (MES) staff will know there’s a leader there full-time,” Dionne commented at that meeting. During the discussion about filling the vacant MES principal’s position, committee members asked how this hire would impact the budget, which voters have yet to approve. Dionne said that filling the position with a “teaching principal” would not require as high a salary as it would to hire someone like Sirois again. Details of Pelletier’s employment package were yet to be determined. Pelletier will continue to teach part time, but much of her caseload would be redistributed to existing staff and to a new Education Technician III that the school committee would hire.