Education

  • Music program cut protested

    BAR HARBOR — A proposed cut to music theory classes for seventh and eighth grade students in the Conners Emerson School here has set off a growing protest. The Conners Emerson proposed 2014-2015 budget includes plans to reduce music teacher Joe Wainer’s position from full time to a 60-percent, part-time job. Officials say this will

  • School to trim staff

    BAR HARBOR — A decade-long trend of declining enrollment at the Conners Emerson School has led officials there to propose leaving vacant two teaching positions that are opening this year and cutting hours for a third. Long-time first grade teacher Toni McKay gave notice earlier this fall that she would retire from teaching at the

  • MDI High five are National Merit semifinalists

    BAR HARBOR — Five Mount Desert Island High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Coincidentally, all five – Ransom Burgess, Isabel and Olivia Erickson, Andrew Gallup and Nora Hubbell – are members of the school’s cross country team. “MDI has a tradition of excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field and

  • MDI Schools open Tuesday

    BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of area children will take to the roadways in bright yellow school buses next week as the Mount Desert Island Regional School System opens its doors for a new year. The first day of school for nearly all students is Tuesday, Sept. 3. Mount Desert Island High School (MDIHS) freshmen begin

  • MDI Schools open Tuesday

    BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of area children will take to the roadways in bright yellow school buses next week as the Mount Desert Island Regional School System opens its doors for a new year. The first day of school for nearly all students is Tuesday, Sept. 3. Mount Desert Island High School (MDIHS) freshmen begin

  • MDI schools hire new curriculum coordinator

    BAR HARBOR — Julie Meltzer, an education improvement specialist with more than 20 years of experience, has been hired as curriculum coordinator for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS). She succeeds Joanne Harriman, who left in June to become superintendent of schools in Orono. Ms. Meltzer and her family live in Bass Harbor.

  • Memorial stage rebuild begins at MDIHS

    Memorial stage rebuild begins at MDIHS

    BAR HARBOR — The theater stage at Mount Desert Island High School is being rebuilt in honor of an alum who died unexpectedly just over three years ago. The $60,000 project commenced Monday as a crew with Atkinson Builders began tearing off old floorboards and carting them away. Construction is expected to last four to

  • Key MDI High School posts filled

    BAR HARBOR — Julie Keblinsky of Ellsworth, currently the dean of instruction for school district RSU 24, has been named the new dean of curriculum at Mount Desert Island High School. She succeeds Matt Haney, who will take over as the school’s principal on July 1. Her salary is $79,435. Mark Carignan has been hired

  • MDI High graduation this Sunday

    MDI High graduation this Sunday

    BAR HARBOR — Valedictorian Stephanie Calas of Bar Harbor will be among the featured speakers at the Mount Desert Island High School Class of 2013 graduation on Sunday. She is the daughter of Peter and Ruth Calas of Bar Harbor. Christiane Cullens, English teacher and finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year, will give the

  • MDI band director abruptly bows out

    BAR HARBOR — Eight months after being hired as band director at Mount Desert Island High School, Paavo Carey has left the building. Principal Matthew Janger announced Mr. Carey’s resignation last week in a letter to students and staff. “While this is a sudden development, it does not come as a complete surprise,” Mr. Janger