• MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MDES puts cop decision on hold

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert school committee decided Feb. 16 to take no action on the issue of having a police officer at the school as a “school resource officer” (SRO) pending the recommendations of the school system’s policy committee. Although the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Superintendent Marc Gousse and Police Chief Jim

  • School cop debated

    School cop debated

    BAR HARBOR — The question of whether to have a police officer – in the role of “school resource officer” – assigned on a regular basis to Mount Desert Island High School has been referred to the regional school board’s policy committee. After nearly two hours of discussion by the high school board and members

  • School adds grade level

    MOUNT DESERT — The Community School of Mount Desert Island, an independent school in Somesville, will add the sixth grade next school year. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. The Community School opened in the fall of 2014 with 13 students in grades K-5. There are currently 16 students. The school

  • Teacher’s essay shares wisdom

    MOUNT DESERT — An essay by Karen Sharpe, a special education teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School who lives in Bar Harbor, is featured in the spring 2017 edition of “Teaching Tolerance” magazine, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The essay, part of the magazine’s “Why I Teach” series, is subtitled “A Little Girl

  • Baker now endowed arts chair

    Baker now endowed arts chair

    BAR HARBOR — Performing arts professor Jodi Baker has been named a permanent faculty member at College of the Atlantic. The school has received two $500,000 anonymous donations toward an endowed performing arts chair, which Baker will fill once fundraising is complete. School officials are currently seeking donations for the final $250,000 to complete the

  • School fixes – $1.5 million

    School fixes – $1.5 million

    MOUNT DESERT — It would cost about $1.5 million to address all of the capital improvement needs at Mount Desert Elementary School, according to Mike Sealander of Ellsworth-based Sealander Architects. That firm recently conducted an assessment of the building and grounds. The most expensive item on the list, with an estimated cost of $472,000, is

  • Regional champs

    HAMPDEN — The Conners Emerson math team won the MathCounts Eastern Maine competition, held at Reeds Brook Middle School on Jan. 28. Their team score was far higher than others, math teacher and Coach Sarah Winne said of the 13 participating schools. In individual competition, Bar Harbor boasts the first-place and sixth-place finishers among their

  • Case made for adult ed teacher

    Case made for adult ed teacher

    BAR HARBOR — A full-time teacher is needed to provide the appropriate amount of instruction and support for students in the adult education program at Mount Desert Island High School, according to program Director Anne Patterson. While many know the adult ed program for its enrichment classes, such as photography, line dancing and beekeeping, its

  • Garden club offers scholarships

    BAR HARBOR — Two college scholarships are offered by the Bar Harbor Garden Club each year, with deadlines in March and May. The Nell Goff Scholarship is open to college students with majors/strengths related to plant sciences. The award is $1,000. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. The Inga C.B. Weber Scholarship is open

  • Suicide intervention training offered

    Suicide intervention training offered

    ELLSWORTH — An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) will be hosted by Healthy Acadia in partnership with Access Health in the community room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 130 Beechland Road, on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day training uses an