• 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

  • School staffs get raise

    BAR HARBOR — From secretaries to ed techs and cooks to custodians, support staff in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System are getting a 3.22 percent raise for 2018-2019. School principals and central office administrators will get the same pay increase. The MDIRSS board approved the new pay scales last week. They do not

  • Peace awards

    Peace awards

    BAR HARBOR — Mackenzie Miller, daughter of Tracy and Charlie Miller, Bonnie Snyder, daughter of Ellen Finn and Russel Snyder, and Rosie Avila, daughter of Leilani and Kyle Avila, received the 18th annual Acadia Friends Peace Award at the Mount Desert Island High School Awards Assembly on May 30. Clerk of Acadia Friends Meeting Mary

  • Students dive into research

    Students dive into research

    By Jack Sasner Special to the Islander BAR HARBOR — Two weeks before graduation, five Mount Desert Island High School seniors presented results of their work as interns in research labs at The Jackson Laboratory. The presentation was held in the laboratory’s auditorium on May 24. “I really enjoyed presenting because the research was something