Education

  • High school costs up some; town assessments up more

    High school costs up some; town assessments up more

    BAR HARBOR — The $11.99 million budget for Mount Desert Island High School for next year is, technically, 5.98 percent higher than the current year’s budget. That is somewhat misleading, though, because the budget calls for the school to spend $350,000 for an electric bus to replace an old diesel-powered bus. Of that cost, $280,000

  • MDI High welcomes class of 2024

    MDI High welcomes class of 2024

    BAR HARBOR — On Thursday, March 5, Mount Desert Island High School will host Incoming 9th Grade Night. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a welcome by student volunteers in the lobby of Bernard-Paradis Gymnasium. At 6 p.m., Principal Matt Haney will give a welcome and brief overview of the building in the Higgins-Demas

  • Schoodic Institute names new president

    Schoodic Institute names new president

    WINTER HARBOR — Nicholas Fisichelli has been named president and CEO of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. Fisichelli had been serving as interim president and CEO since August 2019. “We are absolutely delighted that Nick has agreed to lead Schoodic Institute,” said Schoodic Board Chairman David Ellwood. “The board has been impressed, amazed really,

  • School building project options

    School building project options

    BAR HARBOR — The school board will hold a workshop on options for renovation or replacement of the Conners Emerson School buildings Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in the school library. A School Improvement Committee worked for many months with architect Carla Haskell to review options for the buildings. That group presented its work to

  • Nursery school, MDES eye pre-K partnership

    Nursery school, MDES eye pre-K partnership

    MOUNT DESERT — Mount Desert Elementary School (MDES) plans to partner with Mount Desert Nursery School to offer a free pre-kindergarten program at the nursery school for 4-year-olds who live in the town. MDES had been planning to start its own pre-K program next fall. But after meeting with the nursery school’s board, MDES Principal

  • National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    BAR HARBOR — The National Park Service (NPS) is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Teachers will be selected to work on Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic Point. Acadia National Park invites full-time, K-12 public classroom school teachers to apply online by Feb. 21.  The Acadia Teacher Fellowship

  • Math team scores high

    Math team scores high

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Elementary School math team finished second out of 16 teams at the Eastern Maine Regionals on Jan. 25 in Hampden.  Roger Strauss placed sixth, Jay Haney placed twelfth and Emma Simard placed sixteenth.  Qualifying as a team for the state championships March 14 in Waterville were Haney, Simard, Aleksandra Hanley and Nolan