• Principal contract inked

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The school committee last week unanimously approved a two-year contract with Rhonda Fortin to head the Pemetic Elementary School. Fortin will take over as principal of the K-8 school on July 1. She replaces Cathy Lewis, who began working as interim principal in July 2015 and agreed to stay on through the

  • School funding debate reignites

    School funding debate reignites

    MOUNT DESERT — Coming under scrutiny once again, as it does every so often, is the formula used to calculate how much each of the Mount Desert Island towns pays for the yearly operation and upkeep of MDI High School. This year, Mount Desert taxpayers are spending just over $2.88 million on the high school,

  • High School budget vote turnout tiny

    High School budget vote turnout tiny

    BAR HARBOR — Of the 9,239 registered voters on Mount Desert Island, just 21 turned out April 5 to approve a $10.5 million budget for MDI High School next year. That is a voter turnout rate of .22 percent. And 18 of those who voted were either school board members or school employees. All of

  • Safe sitter course set

    Safe sitter course set

    BAR HARBOR — A Safe Sitter course for young teens, grades 6-8, will be hosted by the MDI Hospital at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center on May 6. More than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the Safe Sitter program, which teaches how, why and where injuries can happen so that they can be

  • Summer sailing excursion open to high school students

    Summer sailing excursion open to high school students

    PORTLAND — Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is partnering with Ocean Passages to offer an inaugural two-week sailing excursion open to all Maine high school students. Launching this summer, the program will allow students to gain nautical experience and earn digital badges in marine sciences while exploring the Maine coast aboard the 130-foot wooden

  • COA teams with lab

    COA teams with lab

    BAR HARBOR — A select group of students will soon join the frontlines of cutting edge genetic research thanks to a new academic collaboration between The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution, and College of the Atlantic (COA). The new Fellowship in Biomedical Research Program will support two COA students each year

  • AOS 91 teacher grants available

    AOS 91 teacher grants available

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation is accepting applications for John and Ellen Emery Science Grants of $100 to $2,000 for full-time, K-12 teachers in AOS #91, the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. Priority is given to K-8 teachers. The grants are designed to increase opportunities for students to understand science and its relevance

  • Principal search names a finalist

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The search for a new principal at the Pemetic Elementary School appears to be over. The School Committee next week is to consider hiring a former Pemetic student to head the town’s K-8 school. Rhonda Fortin of Cumberland Center is the top choice out of the 12 applicants for the job by

  • Scholarships offered

    Scholarships offered

    BAR HARBOR — College-bound graduating seniors at Mount Desert Island High School are invited to apply for three scholarships. The Edith M. Daso and Llewellyn Barry Scholarship is a nonrenewable scholarship traditionally awarded to MDI High School graduates who do not reside on Mount Desert Island. The Hattie A. and Fred C. Lynam Scholarship is

  • Story elicits praise for school’s child care

    Story elicits praise for school’s child care

    BAR HARBOR — Several people who said their lives were changed by the child care program at Mount Desert Island High School posted comments on the Islander’s Facebook page in response to a story about the program’s 30th anniversary in last week’s edition. “I will forever be grateful to this program,” Carly Dean Murphy posted.