Articles by: Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com
  • School policy on hot topics adopted

    School policy on hot topics adopted

    BAR HARBOR — A policy that provides guidance for teachers in addressing sensitive or controversial topics in the classroom was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board Tuesday night. Proposed by Superintendent Marc Gousse and endorsed by the school board’s policy committee, it is a slightly revised version

  • Towns, schools look at sharing HR services

    BAR HARBOR — The possibility of sharing human resources (HR) services is being looked at by Mount Desert Island Regional School System Superintendent Marc Gousse and the town managers of Bar Harbor and Mount Desert. Currently, neither the school system nor the towns have a dedicated HR professional on staff. Typically, HR matters involving the

  • Public pre-K would impact private facilities

    Public pre-K would impact private facilities

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — If the elementary schools in Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor and Tremont start pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds next year, they could significantly affect several of the island’s private childcare facilities. Aaron Long, executive director of the Mount Desert Nursery School in Northeast Harbor, said the proposed Mount Desert Elementary School program is

  • Tan Turtle closes with little notice

    MOUNT DESERT — The Tan Turtle Tavern, a popular Northeast Harbor restaurant, closed for good on Sunday. Owner Steven Foss announced the closing last Tuesday. He said his other restaurant, The Turtle in Ellsworth, would be closing the same day. He declined to say why the restaurants were going out of business. The Tan Turtle

  • Town switching to ‘one bin all in’

    Town switching to ‘one bin all in’

    MOUNT DESERT — By the end of the year, residents here will no longer need to dispose of their trash and recyclables separately. The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night to approve Public Works Director Tony Smith’s recommendation to switch to a system he called “one bin all in.” “All the garbage and all

  • Research examines fall foliage and climate change

    Research examines fall foliage and climate change

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — If you have photos from anytime since 1950 that show fall foliage in Acadia, Stephanie Spera would really like to see them. A 2019 research fellow at the Schoodic Institute, Spera is studying whether climate change is having an effect on when the leaves start to change color, when they reach

  • School to budget for roof, solar projects

    School to budget for roof, solar projects

    TRENTON — Trenton Elementary School could become the second school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System — after MDI High School — to install solar panels on its roof. It could happen as soon as next summer if voters at the May town meeting approve the school’s proposed budget. School officials had considered

  • Pay for substitute teachers going up

    Pay for substitute teachers going up

    BAR HARBOR — Schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) will be paying their substitute teachers more starting in January. The pay rate, which hasn’t changed in a number of years, will increase from $80 a day to $100, and for substitutes who are certified teachers, to $120. Superintendent Marc Gousse told

  • Holiday weekend brings gridlock

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Leaf peepers in every kind of vehicle jammed Acadia’s roads and parking lots this past holiday weekend. Traffic was so heavy that park officials had to close the Cadillac Mountain summit road at least five times between Friday, Oct. 11 and mid-day Monday, Oct. 14. Four of those closures were on

  • Decision on middle school not imminent

    Decision on middle school not imminent

    BAR HARBOR — Lilea Simis of Bar Harbor, a member of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board, is frustrated that, despite repeated assurances to the contrary, some people still believe a decision has been made to build an island-wide middle school. It hasn’t. And even if the school board thinks it’s a