Her contract was extended into the 2012-13 school year and beyond until February, when Andre was hired.
The contract requires a 60-day notice for one district to opt out of the agreement and leaves the superintendent working for the district that does not drop out.
Andre estimates she is working 70 hours a week.
“Coming into this new, the workload is extensive,” she said. “It’s a huge learning curve. But I’m thinking once the budget goes through, it will change to more normal working hours.”
Andre said they are not trimming from administrative staff at either school this year.
“Last year, a middle-level principal was cut at Brushton-Moira,” she said.
Some teachers are leaving this year through retirement at Brushton-Moira, but the positions will be filled from within.
“I think any administrator in the North Country would tell you, these are the most challenging times we’ve ever seen in education,” Andre said.