• Ideas sought on school efficiency

    BAR HARBOR — The local schools do a great job of teaching kids, but they could be operating smarter and more efficiently, says Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. To help find ways to do that, Gousse and the school system board are looking for community members to serve on

  • Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    Teachers welcomed back to school with surprise

    BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson teachers were in for a surprise when they returned to school on Aug. 29. The day before students were set to return, teachers were greeted at the school entrance by appreciative crowds of parents and students holding signs and cheering them on. The welcome party was planned over the summer

  • Superintendent previews school year

    Superintendent previews school year

    BAR HARBOR — Classes start next Thursday, Aug. 30, for students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS). Superintendent Marc Gousse said he is looking forward to having the schools open again. “Summer is usually my least favorite time because, when the schools are empty, I miss seeing the kids and I miss

  • School boards OK new contract, teachers must still approve

    School boards OK new contract, teachers must still approve

    BAR HARBOR — The cloud that has been threatening to cast a dark shadow over the start of school next week appears to be lifting. Representatives of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board and the teachers’ union, who have been negotiating a new employment contract since September, reached a tentative agreement last week.

  • Student mentoring discussed

    Student mentoring discussed

    By Becky Pritchard, BAR HARBOR — Educators and business partners from across eastern Maine met Monday to brainstorm new ways to interest students and their families in the idea of college or other post-secondary education. The initiative, called the Future of Eastern Maine Council, met at Machias Savings Bank to plan an initiative to

  • Teachers press board on contract

    Teachers press board on contract

    BAR HARBOR — More than 60 Mount Desert Island Regional School System teachers and a few parents of students attended the school board’s meeting Monday night to press their call for a “fair and competitive” contract. Representatives of the teachers union and school board have been trying to negotiate a new three-year contract since last

  • Education is lecture series focus

    BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College and College of the Atlantic present “Best of Acadia,” a series of talks which will focus this year on higher education and public policy, July 16 to 20, on the COA campus. Educators will address topics including how to prepare students to address complex global matters and why the

  • Adult learners earn diplomas

    Adult learners earn diplomas

    BAR HARBOR — Three graduates of Mount Desert Island Adult & Community Education received their high school diplomas in a graduation ceremony June 14 at MDI High School. They are Matthew Curtis of Bar Harbor, Mable Fitzsimmons of Frenchboro and Kadia Streete of Bar Harbor. A fourth graduate, Alanna Lindsey of Mount Desert, was unable

  • High school awards night

    High school awards night

    BAR HARBOR — The following scholarships and awards were presented at the Mount Desert Island High School Awards Night ceremony on June 7. Learning Area Academic Awards were presented to William Renault, for Technology; Grace Ritter, for Visual Arts; Bonnie Snyder, for Family and Consumer Science; Robert Denegre, for Science; Rosazel Avila, for Art/Digital Media; Jacob Legutko, for World Languages; Takanao Ishimura, for Mathematics; Emerson

  • Bid accepted for school wall repair

    BAR HARBOR — The school board here accepted a $184,000 bid for the waterproofing of the south wall of the Emerson building of Conners Emerson School. The money will be drawn from funds allocated in the school’s budget to address vital repairs to the 85-year-old school. This was one of the tasks flagged as a