Education

  • Schools see a decrease in disciplinary actions 

    Schools see a decrease in disciplinary actions 

    TRENTON — It may stand to reason that if students are required to be 6 feet apart from one another there would be fewer disciplinary problems.   School principals throughout the district say they are seeing a reduction in needed discipline among students since returning to in-school instruction, but the distance may not be the only reason.   “The kids just

  • Schools have ‘super low’ tolerance for symptoms

    Schools have ‘super low’ tolerance for symptoms

    BAR HARBOR — This time last year, if a child went to school with just a bit of a sniffle or cough, he or she probably would have been allowed to stay. But not this year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System – like schools across the

  • Schools, teachers sign agreement on COVID

    Schools, teachers sign agreement on COVID

    BAR HARBOR — The school committees and teachers associations in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton and MDI High School have ratified an addendum to their collective bargaining agreement that addresses “the specific impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees’ wages, hours and working conditions.” The terms of the new five-page agreement are

  • COA named top green college by Princeton Review

    COA named top green college by Princeton Review

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic is ranked as the country’s number one green college on the Princeton Review‘s Top 50 green colleges list for the fifth year in a row.   The top 50 green colleges share high marks for regional foods, waste diversion, renewable energy and sustainability-focused academics, according to the Princeton Review. Using the COA campus as a laboratory for exploring sustainability across these areas enables students to

  • Solutions sought for Trenton’s rising education costs

    Solutions sought for Trenton’s rising education costs

    TRENTON — The School Evaluation Options Committee (SEOC) met Tuesday for its fourth open forum at the Trenton town office to discuss the committee’s findings following its year-long investigation into solutions for the area’s rising education costs. Chairwoman Susan Sargent and committee member Susan Starr gave the presentation to an audience of three, including state Rep.

  • School waives two senior requirements

    School waives two senior requirements

    BAR HARBOR — Some seniors at Mount Desert Island High School are probably disappointed, while others are breathing a sigh of relief. But they all will be missing what might have been an interesting and valuable experience.  The high school board on Monday approved Principal Matt Haney’s proposal to eliminate two graduation requirements for the

  • School, needing more space, looks to town’s new building

    School, needing more space, looks to town’s new building

    TREMONT — Despite strong recommendations not to move forward, selectmen gave the school a green light on Monday to explore the option of using Pacific Hall for students since space has gotten tighter during the pandemic.   “It’s no surprise the school has been tapped out on space since prior to COVID–19,” said Tremont Consolidated School Principal Jandrea True to the Board of Selectmen at

  • School committee reviews return to school 

    School committee reviews return to school 

    BAR HARBOR — When the Bar Harbor School Committee met on Oct. 5, discussions regarding the return to school and a variety of ongoing projects topped the agenda.  The return to school, whether in person or virtual, is going well, said Conners Emerson Principal Barbara Neilly. She reported on the formation of a number of co-curricular activities for sixth through eighth grade students now underway,

  • Schools create more opportunity for learning

    Schools create more opportunity for learning

    MOUNT DESERT — Students and staff of the Mount Desert Island Community School have been paying more attention to the weather forecast these days.   “We have shifted all of our classes to be outside this fall,” said the school’s founder and director, Jasmine Smith, in a conversation earlier this week. “Though cold has not been an issue

  • Mount Desert Island schools to open Monday 

    Mount Desert Island schools to open Monday 

    BAR HARBOR — Three schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System – Mount Desert Elementary, Tremont Consolidated and MDI High School – have already begun welcoming some students into the buildings for the first time since they closed in March because of COVID-19.  All the district’s schools are to be open for in-person learning next Monday, Sept. 28.