• School tab goes up 3.3 percent

    School tab goes up 3.3 percent

    MOUNT DESERT — Taxpayers here shouldn’t be alarmed by the 7.4 increase in the Mount Desert Elementary School budget for next year that the School Committee approved last week, officials say. Three of the one-time, big ticket items in the budget are to be paid for with funds from the school’s maintenance reserve account. So,

  • Tremont town budget edges up a tad

    TREMONT — Although some final tallying is needed, a first look at the proposed 2017-2018 municipal budget shows a modest 1.1 percent increase. The $1.88 million budget going before voters at the May 9 open town meeting is about $21,000 more than for the current year. The increase translates into a property owner paying an

  • Science, tech focus touted

    Science, tech focus touted

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School ranks seventh among Maine’s 260 high schools for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to Niche, a company that compares schools in each state in various categories. STEM education also is a priority in the other schools in the MDI Regional School System, said Julie Meltzer,

  • MDI schools have one snow day left

    MDI schools have one snow day left

    BAR HARBOR — Five snow days are built into the calendar for the schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School system this school year. So far, they have used four. If more than one additional snow day is needed, the calendar calls for the school year to be extended beyond the scheduled last day

  • Student news

    Numerous area students have been honored recently. University of Rhode Island Seth Alexander Vanzura of Trenton was named to the dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island for the fall semester. Vanzura is in the URI doctor of pharmacy program. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits

  • MDI High School to welcome freshmen

    MDI High School to welcome freshmen

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School will welcome next year’s freshmen and their parents for a get-acquainted program on Tuesday, March 7, from 6-8:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet teachers, take a tour of the school and learn about the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

  • Bullying addressed by MDI school officials

    Bullying addressed by MDI school officials

    BAR HARBOR — There is no indication that bullying is more prevalent in area schools than it is anywhere else, but Superintendent Marc Gousse wants to make sure that when it occurs, it is dealt with swiftly and appropriately. “Bullying is a very, very serious issue,” he told the policy committee of the Mount Desert

  • Camp Beech Cliff opens registration

    Camp Beech Cliff opens registration

    MOUNT DESERT — Camp Beech Cliff will make a presentation on its new summer camp registration process on Friday, March 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. when the Wall Nuts program for families is open. There will be free climbing for kids at the indoor wall, games in the gym and free pizza. Supervision is available for

  • Champlain Fellow named

    Champlain Fellow named

    MOUNT DESERT — Erik Reardon has been awarded the New Champlain Society Fellowship, a scholarship established in honor of the Champlain Society of the 1880s and ‘90s by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Reardon graduated in 2016 with a doctorate in history from the University of Maine. He will pursue the scholarly path blazed

  • $10.5M budget for MDI High

    $10.5M budget for MDI High

    BAR HARBOR — A $10.54 million budget for Mount Desert Island High School next year was approved by the high school board Feb. 15. The budget is $422,488 higher than the budget for the current year, an increase of 4.18 percent. Registered voters in the four MDI towns, which operate the high school, will have