St. John Valley

Beverly Madore retires from school committee after years of service in local education

MADAWASKA, Maine — What began as a post-retirement substitute teaching job for Beverly “Bev” Madore turned into eight years of service on the Madawaska School Committee. 

 

The long-time member of the Madawaska School Committee stepped down from her post as chairperson and did not seek re-election, citing retirement as her reasons for leaving the board. 

But Madore said that retiring won’t keep her quiet if she feels the need to speak out about something. 

“I’m not dead and gone yet,” Madore said. “I’m just retiring.”

The 83-year-old said she wants to slow down her commitments and enjoy her retirement time with her 90-year-old husband, Cliff. 

Former Superintendent of Madawaska Schools and current assistant superintendent of Valley Unified Gisele Dionne said Madore had stepped into her role at a “time of great change,” after the superintendent at the time and two board members had resigned. 

Madore, previously involved in many different boards and committees as well as a retired educator, answered the call and agreed to fill one of the open seats until the next election. 

She remained on the board for seven more years, which brought her total board experience up to more than 20 years.

“Since then, we have been fortunate that she continued to serve several additional elected terms, until she retired again,” Dionne said. “Mrs. Madore provided much needed stability on the School Committee and always kept the students at the forefront for any decisions made. As chairperson, she had valuable historical knowledge of the school system and  was very much a forward thinker.”

Madore served as the chairperson of the committee for seven years. 

“We will certainly miss her and we thank her for her dedicated service to the Madawaska School Department,” Dionne said. 

Madore said her vision for the Valley is to have concerned, interested people to serve on boards and to draw more people to the area. She added she has confidence in the new board members including Mindy Braley who Madore had taught in first grade. 

“We’re educating our future; we’re not a machine,” Madore said. “We’re a people industry. It’s a people job. The school’s even have the biggest restaurant in town — the cafeteria.”

She said she hopes the communities will continue to support their schools. 

“We can do a lot for this Valley if we just get cooperation,” Madore said. “We just need to work together. 

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