• 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

  • Schools appeal health increases

    BAR HARBOR — Increases in health insurance costs for employees ranging from 13.87 percent for Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor to zero percent for Mount Desert Elementary are being appealed by officials of the regional school system. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield notified school districts around the state on March 23 that their premiums would go

  • School future input sought

    School future input sought

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, wants to make one thing clear. The purpose of the upcoming public forums on long-range planning is not to set the stage or get community buy-in for closing any schools. The specter of school closures has been conjured up in recent

  • COA team in $20K business challenge

    COA team in $20K business challenge

    BAR HARBOR — Anita van Dam and Grace Burchard share a passion for food systems and social justice. The College of the Atlantic students have gobbled up just about every food-related course during their time at COA, grappling with challenges like food insecurity, food waste and food-related health issues. Now, they are preparing to take

  • Principal contract inked

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The school committee last week unanimously approved a two-year contract with Rhonda Fortin to head the Pemetic Elementary School. Fortin will take over as principal of the K-8 school on July 1. She replaces Cathy Lewis, who began working as interim principal in July 2015 and agreed to stay on through the

  • School funding debate reignites

    School funding debate reignites

    MOUNT DESERT — Coming under scrutiny once again, as it does every so often, is the formula used to calculate how much each of the Mount Desert Island towns pays for the yearly operation and upkeep of MDI High School. This year, Mount Desert taxpayers are spending just over $2.88 million on the high school,

  • High School budget vote turnout tiny

    High School budget vote turnout tiny

    BAR HARBOR — Of the 9,239 registered voters on Mount Desert Island, just 21 turned out April 5 to approve a $10.5 million budget for MDI High School next year. That is a voter turnout rate of .22 percent. And 18 of those who voted were either school board members or school employees. All of

  • Safe sitter course set

    Safe sitter course set

    BAR HARBOR — A Safe Sitter course for young teens, grades 6-8, will be hosted by the MDI Hospital at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center on May 6. More than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the Safe Sitter program, which teaches how, why and where injuries can happen so that they can be

  • Summer sailing excursion open to high school students

    Summer sailing excursion open to high school students

    PORTLAND — Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is partnering with Ocean Passages to offer an inaugural two-week sailing excursion open to all Maine high school students. Launching this summer, the program will allow students to gain nautical experience and earn digital badges in marine sciences while exploring the Maine coast aboard the 130-foot wooden

  • COA teams with lab

    COA teams with lab

    BAR HARBOR — A select group of students will soon join the frontlines of cutting edge genetic research thanks to a new academic collaboration between The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution, and College of the Atlantic (COA). The new Fellowship in Biomedical Research Program will support two COA students each year