• School forum series finale

    School forum series finale

    BAR HARBOR — The last in a series of public forums on the future of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will be held at MDI High School on Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. School leaders are seeking input from community members to inform the development of a long-range plan for the schools.

  • MDI High to graduate 120

    MDI High to graduate 120

    BAR HARBOR — About 120 members of the senior class at Mount Desert Island High School will receive their diplomas when the school holds its 48th graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in the school gym. “All family, friends and community members are invited, and there is no need for a reservation

  • Teacher pay is questioned

    Teacher pay is questioned

    BAR HARBOR — After approving five new teachers for the upcoming school year Monday, school board members had questions about how their experience is calculated for the purposes of compensation. Under the two-year, district-wide teacher contract, the entry-level salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no prior experience is $36,236. The contract is

  • Compass Rose runs its course

    Compass Rose runs its course

    BAR HARBOR — Several former students in Compass Rose, an alternative learning program at Mount Desert Island High School since 1998, attended a reception May 25 to reminisce about their time there as the program prepares to close at the end of this school year. Starting next fall, students for whom Compass Rose might have

  • School tuition fairness discussed

    School tuition fairness discussed

    MOUNT DESERT — The debate over the fairness of the funding formula for Mount Desert Island High School seems to be shifting from how much the four MDI towns pay in relation to each other to the relatively small amount that off-island towns pay for their students to attend MDI High. This year, 23 percent

  • COA commencement set

    COA commencement set

    BAR HARBOR — More than 75 students from across the nation and the world will graduate from College of the Atlantic on Saturday, June 3, during the school’s annual commencement celebration. The ceremony takes place under the big tent on the North Lawn at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Poet,

  • Business scholarship deadline approaches

    Business scholarship deadline approaches

    ELLSWORTH — A scholarship for current college business students is now accepting applications from Maine high school graduates. The renewable Patriot Education Scholarship Fund supports graduates of a Maine high school who are enrolled full or part-time (minimum of nine credit hours per semester) in pursuit of a business degree and who will be entering

  • Schools appeal health increases

    BAR HARBOR — Increases in health insurance costs for employees ranging from 13.87 percent for Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor to zero percent for Mount Desert Elementary are being appealed by officials of the regional school system. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield notified school districts around the state on March 23 that their premiums would go

  • School future input sought

    School future input sought

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, wants to make one thing clear. The purpose of the upcoming public forums on long-range planning is not to set the stage or get community buy-in for closing any schools. The specter of school closures has been conjured up in recent

  • COA team in $20K business challenge

    COA team in $20K business challenge

    BAR HARBOR — Anita van Dam and Grace Burchard share a passion for food systems and social justice. The College of the Atlantic students have gobbled up just about every food-related course during their time at COA, grappling with challenges like food insecurity, food waste and food-related health issues. Now, they are preparing to take