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School committee considers regional plan, policy changes

MADAWASKA, Maine — School committee members will likely decide at their Sept. 18 meeting whether or not to sign on to the final Tri-District Strategic Plan, a collaboration of the Madawaska School Department and Maine School Administrative Districts 27 and 33.

Madawaska School Superintendent Gisele Dionne presented her committee members a  copy of the plan at the group’s meeting, Monday, Aug. 21. The committee, which has been represented on the Tri-District planning group for the past year, took no actions on the new plan Monday.

School committee members and school administrators have been enthusiastic during the year-long strategic planning process about the plan’s possibilities.

Thursday, the three superintendents, Dionne, Ben Sirois of SAD 27 and Lisa Bernier of SAD 33, attended the first of three informational meetings with the Department of Education on phase two of a grant application to  construct a regional high school facility.

In other school business on Monday, committee members approved the first readings of several school policy changes, on topics including discrimination complaint procedures, hazing and learning results. Final review and action on the policies is expected at a future meeting.

Dionne also reviewed the latest student enrollment figures, including the number of Madawaska students attending other schools.

According to Dionne, as of Aug. 21, five students who live in Madawaska are planning to attend schools in neighboring SAD 33, which serves Frenchville and St. Agatha. The same number of SAD 33 students are planning to attend Madawaska schools.

Overall attendance at Madawaska’s elementary and secondary schools this year will be 429, which is one less than the previous estimate taken in April. Dionne said there are 11 Madawaska students who will be home schooled this academic year.

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