Education

  • Officer now in 3 MDI schools

    Officer now in 3 MDI schools

    BAR HARBOR — A police officer will spend most of the school year at schools here and in Mount Desert under an agreement signed in September between AOS 91 Superintendent Marc Gousse and Chief Jim Willis of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert police departments. Officer Tim Bland of the Bar Harbor Police Department began

  • School system budget up 3.64 percent

    BAR HARBOR — A $1.81 million budget for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System superintendent’s office and central services for next year was approved Monday night by the system’s board. It is $73,900 higher than the current year, an increase of 3.64 percent. About $15,000 of the increase pays for increasing from half-time to

  • Murray goes to St. Lawrence

    CANTON, N.Y. — Rye Murray of Southwest Harbor has enrolled in St. Lawrence University as a member of the Class of 2020. Murray attended Mount Desert Island High School and is one of 570 students to enroll at St. Lawrence this fall, including 54 who represent 25 countries around the world. Each first-year student participates

  • Leaky walls set for rebid: $1.8 million in school projects eyed

    Leaky walls set for rebid: $1.8 million in school projects eyed

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School trustees voted last week to have architect Mike Sealander send out new bid requests in January for replacing the school’s leaking walls and windows. The trustees, who are responsible for buildings and grounds, said they are determined to have the project done next summer. They plan

  • Bus driver shortage drives contract price

    Bus driver shortage drives contract price

    BAR HARBOR — Everyone in the area is having trouble recruiting bus drivers. This year, that challenge means a hit to Bar Harbor’s school budget, as a new five-year contract with bus company John T. Cyr & Sons came in $45,000 higher than predicted. The bid for the 2017-2018 school year is $264,000 and increases

  • NEH facilities study planned

    MOUNT DESERT — Sealander Architects of Ellsworth will conduct a facility needs assessment of Mount Desert Elementary School at a cost of $6,500 plus expenses. The school committee approved that expenditure at its Dec. 7 meeting. School Superintendent Marc Gousse had asked Sealander for a proposal for the facilities assessment. Mike Sealander said in his

  • Better light, lower cost

    BAR HARBOR — There’s still a long way to go, but Mount Desert Island High School has made a good start toward replacing its fluorescent ceiling lights with more energy efficient LEDs. Facilities Manager Butch Bracy said he has converted about 20 lights to LEDs over the last couple of years to see how they

  • COA president urges child protections

    COA president urges child protections

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins ’92 has joined the leaders of over 400 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an open letter urging the preservation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children. The letter,

  • MDI High test results mixed

    MDI High test results mixed

    BAR HARBOR — Students at Mount Desert Island High School last year scored higher on standardized tests than their peers around the state, but the tests also revealed areas of weakness. The 11th-grade students who took the SAT tests last April had a mean score of 1,101. The mean score for high school juniors statewide

  • Schools to pay same health insurance rate

    BAR HARBOR — All nine schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) will now be able to pay the same group rate for health insurance, potentially lowering the cost for both the schools, their employees and, by extension, taxpapers. Currently, annual changes in Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s insurance premiums for