MDI schools gear up for opening day



BAR HARBOR — Schools across the Mount Desert Island region will be opening their doors for students in the coming weeks, most on the day after the Labor Day holiday.

Mount Desert Island High School welcomes freshmen early on Aug. 28. All students report for the official opening day on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

All area elementary schools are scheduled to open on Sept. 2. They include the Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor, the Tremont Consolidated School, Trenton Elementary, Swans Island School, Frenchboro School and the Ashley Bryan School on Cranberry Island.

Teachers are scheduled to begin next week with professional training days in most schools set for Aug. 27 and 28. Swans Island and Frenchboro will also have a professional day on Aug. 26. The only professional day scheduled at the Ashley Bryan School is Aug. 28.

No school will be open on Friday, Aug. 29.

In all, teachers will work a total of 184 days during the upcoming school year. That includes professional days, parent teacher conferences and other duties. Students will attend a total of 175 days of classes.

Winter Break is set for Dec. 22-Jan. 5. February Vacation is Feb. 16-20, and Spring Break is set for April 20-24.

Depending on the weather, school is scheduled to be done by the middle of next June.

Pemetic and Swans Island students are scheduled to have their last day on Monday, June 15, 2015. If students in other schools get out on time, their last day will be Wednesday, June 17.