Education

  • 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

  • MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert school committee decided Feb. 16 to take no action on the issue of having a police officer at the school as a “school resource officer” (SRO) pending the recommendations of the school system’s policy committee. Although the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Superintendent Marc Gousse and Police Chief Jim

  • School cop debated

    School cop debated

    BAR HARBOR — The question of whether to have a police officer – in the role of “school resource officer” – assigned on a regular basis to Mount Desert Island High School has been referred to the regional school board’s policy committee. After nearly two hours of discussion by the high school board and members

  • School adds grade level

    MOUNT DESERT — The Community School of Mount Desert Island, an independent school in Somesville, will add the sixth grade next school year. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. The Community School opened in the fall of 2014 with 13 students in grades K-5. There are currently 16 students. The school

  • Teacher’s essay shares wisdom

    MOUNT DESERT — An essay by Karen Sharpe, a special education teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School who lives in Bar Harbor, is featured in the spring 2017 edition of “Teaching Tolerance” magazine, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The essay, part of the magazine’s “Why I Teach” series, is subtitled “A Little Girl

  • Baker now endowed arts chair

    Baker now endowed arts chair

    BAR HARBOR — Performing arts professor Jodi Baker has been named a permanent faculty member at College of the Atlantic. The school has received two $500,000 anonymous donations toward an endowed performing arts chair, which Baker will fill once fundraising is complete. School officials are currently seeking donations for the final $250,000 to complete the