Education

  • Leaking walls bubble up again

    Leaking walls bubble up again

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School trustees don’t want another year to go by before leaky classroom walls and windows are replaced. They would like to send out bid requests for the project in January so the work can be done next summer. But first, they have to decide on the scope

  • Tighter security keep some students home

    Tighter security keep some students home

    BAR HARBOR — With tighter security measures in place, attendance was off 16 percent at Mount Desert Island High School last Friday, but otherwise it was “almost like a normal day,” Principal Matt Haney said Monday. Area law enforcement agencies had notified the school that a person who has had a dispute with some students

  • Marine Center eyes upgrade

    Marine Center eyes upgrade

    WINTER HARBOR — Visitors to the Schoodic Marine Center on Sargent Street can expect at least one noticeable improvement next year – restrooms. There also might be better moorings and enhanced signage directing visitors who are arriving at and departing from the marina, said Sheridan Steele, CEO and president of the Schoodic Marine Center. “Restrooms

  • Enrollment bubble bursts

    Enrollment bubble bursts

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The need to hire a half-time teacher because of a large number of first-grade students at the Pemetic Elementary School is no longer an issue, according to the school’s principal. “We lost some kids in that very grade I was worried about,” Cathy Lewis said Monday. The school committee here approved the

  • Special ed teachers ‘swamped’

    Special ed teachers ‘swamped’

    BAR HARBOR — The special education teachers at Mount Desert Island High School are “swamped” and need help, Principal Matt Haney told the school’s board Tuesday night. “They are absolutely overwhelmed,” he said. “Their case sizes are really, really large, and their paperwork burden is shocking. It’s something we’re desperately struggling with.” Haney said the

  • Supt. reviews school swaps

    BAR HARBOR — This year, 17 students have gotten permission to attend a school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) that is not in the town where they live. Nine of them live in the district but go to school in another town in the district. Eight live outside the school district.

  • Enrollment bubble bursts

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The need to hire a half-time teacher because of a large number of first-grade students at the Pemetic Elementary School is no longer an issue, according to the school’s principal. “We lost some kids in that very grade I was worried about,” Cathy Lewis said Monday. The school committee here approved the

  • New faces

    New faces

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor School Committee presents an informal “Meet and Greet” event to introduce new leaders and school board members to the community Monday, Nov. 7, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Conners Emerson library. New faces this year include Superintendent Marc Gousse, Conners Emerson Assistant Principal Heather Webster and board members Lilea

  • Parent math night planned

    Parent math night planned

    BAR HARBOR — John Tapper will talk to Mount Desert Island parents at the MDI High School library on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6-7:15 p.m. about the key math topics in each grade level K-6, how to support children when learning math facts and how to introduce strategies for developing mathematical thinking. Tapper also will