Education

  • School eyes building for storage, restrooms

    School eyes building for storage, restrooms

    BAR HARBOR — This summer, the leaky walls and windows at Mount Desert Island High School were replaced, the parking lots were repaved, and the area around the gym entrance was rebuilt and landscaped. Now, school officials are looking at building a facility for restrooms and sports equipment storage near the track and football field.

  • COA ranked No. 20 in country

    COA ranked No. 20 in country

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic is the nation’s No. 20 top liberal arts college, according to “Washington Monthly’s 2017 College Rankings,” jumping 26 spots from No. 46 last year. The 13th annual guide, comprising “a different kind of college ranking,” measures how colleges improve the nation. The rankings focus on three criteria, including

  • Student notes

    Student notes

    Corrion graduates MILTON, Mass. — Chloe Corrion of Bar Harbor received a Bachelor of Arts degree on Sunday, May 21, at the Curry College Commencement ceremony. She was named to the dean’s list. At the college’s 48th annual awards ceremony, Corrion received the Investing in Children Award. Nicholson on dean’s list WALTHAM, Mass. — Robin

  • Tuition student numbers way up

    Tuition student numbers way up

    BAR HARBOR — It was anticipated that 125 students who live off of Mount Desert Island and whose hometowns pay tuition for them to attend MDI High School would be enrolled this year, the same number as last year. As of last week, there were 141 tuition students. That means the school will receive about

  • School cop policy aired

    School cop policy aired

    BAR HARBOR — A new policy defining the role of police officers serving as school resource officers (SROs) is being considered by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board. Recommended by the policy committee, the draft policy was formally presented to the full school board Monday night. It will be on the agenda for

  • COA venture wins business challenge

    COA venture wins business challenge

    ORONO — [Re]Produce, a farm-surplus startup venture pioneered by College of the Atlantic students Anita van Dam ’19 and Grace Burchard ’17, won the sixth annual University of Maine Business Challenge. The win comes with a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Business Lending Solutions, who also will provide the winners with an additional $5,000 of

  • School leaders bond at retreat

    School leaders bond at retreat

    BAR HARBOR — An overnight retreat last month helped the principals and administrators in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System get to know each other better, they said. The day-and-a-half retreat was held at the Center for Science and Leadership on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay. “It was a wonderful experience, definitely worthwhile,” Mount

  • Schools welcome new teachers, staff

    Schools welcome new teachers, staff

      BAR HARBOR — Thirty-three new teachers, ed techs and other staff members have joined the Mount Desert Regional School System (MDIRSS) this year. Among them is Rhonda Fortin, the new principal at Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor. The new hires account for about 8 percent of the total number of employees of the system’s

  • COA, UMaine share $500K honey, maple grant

    COA, UMaine share $500K honey, maple grant

    BAR HARBOR — A $500,000 grant to study small- and medium-scale honey and maple syrup production in Maine has been awarded to College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will fund a three-year project entitled, “Finding the Sweet Spot: Scale Challenges and Opportunities