• School to test live feed and recording cameras

    MOUNT DESERT — Two security cameras to be mounted outside Mount Desert Elementary School on a trial basis will allow school administrators or police to see what is happening in real time in the event of a crisis or to view recordings of an incident later. The camera systems that are currently installed at three

  • Principal works to trim budget

    Principal works to trim budget

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Principal Matt Haney knows he can’t propose a budget next year that would increase assessments to the four MDI towns by an overall 10.2 percent, so he is looking for ways to cut spending. It’s an odd situation. The draft budget Haney gave the high school board

  • Schools weigh budget increases

    Schools weigh budget increases

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — School budgets for the coming fiscal year for local elementary schools are beginning to take shape. Administrators and school boards are anticipating increases of 5-11 percent from the current year. A social worker position to serve all schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System has been proposed as a

  • Cell phones at high school up for debate

    Cell phones at high school up for debate

    BAR HARBOR — Members of the Mount Desert Island High School board plan to have a serious discussion after the first of the year about whether students’ use of cell phones at school is a problem and, if so, what can and should be done about it. The issue was raised at the board’s Dec.

  • MDI freshman named to state Student Cabinet

    MDI freshman named to state Student Cabinet

    BAR HARBOR — Sarah Cook, a freshman at Mount Desert Island High School, has been selected as one of 33 members of the Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) first-ever Student Cabinet. The cabinet will meet quarterly with Education Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss “educational opportunities, improvements and policy,” according to the DOE. At least one

  • Girls who code

    Girls who code

    BAR HARBOR — A Mount Desert Island group of Girls Who Code meets Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Girls Who Code is a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in computer science by offering clubs and programs. Women currently hold less than 20 percent of all computing jobs.

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Dillon, Norberg honored CANTON, N.Y. — Two Mount Desert Island students were selected for inclusion on the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall 2018 semester at St. Lawrence University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based

  • Math team  wins districts

    Math team wins districts

    HAMPDEN — The Conners Emerson Math Team placed first in the Eastern Maine “Chapter Competition” Saturday at Reeds Brook Middle School. Nine students attended the competition with coaches Sarah Winne and Joel Graber. Also competing were 67 other students from 14 different schools. Conners Emerson eighth graders Lillian Swan, Evan Ankrom, Carlina Leonardi, and Rex

  • PTSA grants

    PTSA grants

    BAR HARBOR — The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Conners Emerson school recently announced more than $2,100 in grants to complete projects to enhance learning at the school. Teachers Heather Dority, Abbie Plaskov, Carol Rosinski, Siobhan Ryan, Rachel Singh, Meryl Sweeney, Amanda Dyer, Amber Pickers Debbie Mountford will receive grants for specific projects. Mae