• Driveway redo may cost $250K

    Driveway redo may cost $250K

    BAR HARBOR — Cracks and potholes are evidence of the punishment the entrance drive at Mount Desert Island High School takes from hundreds of cars and dozens of buses every day. The school’s board of trustees has decided to have the drive rebuilt this summer. The project also will include creating a turn-out lane for

  • MDI High School rated in Maine top 10

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Regional High School is the sixth best public high school in Maine, according to the 2015 ranking of schools nationwide by the website Niche. Niche says it compiles its rankings based on data from government and other public sources, its own proprietary data and more than 4.6 million “opinion-based

  • Test raises red flags in Mount Desert Island Regional School System

    BAR HARBOR — “I have tremendous misgivings on a lot of levels.” That’s what Julie Meltzer, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, said about the state’s new standardized testing system at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Starting this spring, the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System will replace

  • Cop at MDI High debated

    BAR HARBOR — School officials are once again thinking about having Officer Tim Bland, the Bar Harbor Police Department’s school resource officer (SRO) at Conners Emerson School, spend some of his time at Mount Desert Island High School. The idea was floated three years ago, but there was no follow-up. High School Principal Matt Haney

  • High school costs down, budget up

    BAR HARBOR — Next year’s revenue projections for Mount Desert Island High School have gone up over the past month, and anticipated costs have decreased slightly. The budget for next year is higher, however, meaning tax bills will be going up in MDI towns. Principal Matt Haney presented the revised budget to the high school

  • ‘No nuts’ policy hands are tied

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A meeting last week for parents of Pemetic Elementary School students concerned about a no-nuts policy at the school provided no new information about the situation. One reason there is little public information about the situation is that school officials are bound by state and federal law from discussing the specific case

  • Make up days well attended

    BAR HARBOR — Attendance was down at Mount Desert Island High School on the Monday before Christmas, but not nearly as much as school officials had feared. Eighty percent of students showed up that day, compared to the average attendance rate for all of last year of 93 percent. The first two days of Christmas

  • IT drives budget hike

    IT drives budget hike

    BAR HARBOR — Information technology (IT) accounts for nearly half of the $95,460 increase in the budget for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) central office and shared services for next year. The $1.6 million budget, approved unanimously by the MDIRSS board last week, is 6.36 percent higher than the budget for the

  • Petitioners say ‘nuts’ to policy

    Petitioners say ‘nuts’ to policy

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — School officials here are planning to hold an informational meeting sometime in early January to educate concerned parents about a situation involving a student or students with severe nut allergies. The move was prompted by a petition presented to the school committee at their Dec. 10 meeting. As reported earlier, students at