• Soucek receives peace award

    Soucek receives peace award

    BAR HARBOR — Sarah Soucek received the Acadia Friends Meeting Peace Award from Carol Woolman at the MDI High School Awards Ceremony on May 31. The award included $500 and a one-year subscription to “Yes!” magazine. During Soucek’s travels in Guatemala, she experienced life with a native family and recognized the similarities in values with

  • Grads urged: have ‘attitude of gratitude’

    Grads urged: have ‘attitude of gratitude’

    BAR HARBOR — Michael Remy, the commencement speaker at Mount Desert Island High School on Sunday, urged the 120 graduating seniors to never stop learning. “Now more than ever, this world so desperately needs you to remain a student, regardless of whether or not you plan to attend college,” he said. “Never stop searching, exploring,

  • School septic system failing

    School septic system failing

    TREMONT — The septic system for the Tremont Consolidated School either needs replacement or significant repairs. The uncertainties are the cost, where the money is coming from and whether the system will be working properly when students return to classes in the fall. School Principal Jandrea True told selectmen last week that the problem was

  • School forum series finale

    School forum series finale

    BAR HARBOR — The last in a series of public forums on the future of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will be held at MDI High School on Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. School leaders are seeking input from community members to inform the development of a long-range plan for the schools.

  • MDI High to graduate 120

    MDI High to graduate 120

    BAR HARBOR — About 120 members of the senior class at Mount Desert Island High School will receive their diplomas when the school holds its 48th graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in the school gym. “All family, friends and community members are invited, and there is no need for a reservation

  • Teacher pay is questioned

    Teacher pay is questioned

    BAR HARBOR — After approving five new teachers for the upcoming school year Monday, school board members had questions about how their experience is calculated for the purposes of compensation. Under the two-year, district-wide teacher contract, the entry-level salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no prior experience is $36,236. The contract is

  • Compass Rose runs its course

    Compass Rose runs its course

    BAR HARBOR — Several former students in Compass Rose, an alternative learning program at Mount Desert Island High School since 1998, attended a reception May 25 to reminisce about their time there as the program prepares to close at the end of this school year. Starting next fall, students for whom Compass Rose might have

  • School tuition fairness discussed

    School tuition fairness discussed

    MOUNT DESERT — The debate over the fairness of the funding formula for Mount Desert Island High School seems to be shifting from how much the four MDI towns pay in relation to each other to the relatively small amount that off-island towns pay for their students to attend MDI High. This year, 23 percent

  • COA commencement set

    COA commencement set

    BAR HARBOR — More than 75 students from across the nation and the world will graduate from College of the Atlantic on Saturday, June 3, during the school’s annual commencement celebration. The ceremony takes place under the big tent on the North Lawn at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Poet,

  • Business scholarship deadline approaches

    Business scholarship deadline approaches

    ELLSWORTH — A scholarship for current college business students is now accepting applications from Maine high school graduates. The renewable Patriot Education Scholarship Fund supports graduates of a Maine high school who are enrolled full or part-time (minimum of nine credit hours per semester) in pursuit of a business degree and who will be entering