Education

  • School closing criteria outlined

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, explained in a letter emailed to parents on Monday how he decides whether to call off classes, delay the start of school or send students home early because of the weather. “After conferring with the town public works departments, local police

  • Lion’s Club has eye on student vision

    Lion’s Club has eye on student vision

    BAR HARBOR — The MDI Lion’s Club has purchased a Welch Allyn vision screener and accessories for use in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System’s schools. MDIRSS school nurses regularly screen students for vision issues, as mandated by state law. A Pediavision screener bought by the club seven years ago was used to screen

  • COA launches sailing program

    COA launches sailing program

    By Taylor Mason Special to the Islander BAR HARBOR — Using a small fleet of Rhodes 19s, a group of College of the Atlantic students are gaining new perspectives on the lush natural and cultural heritage of Frenchman Bay while also developing balance within their rigorous academic lives. While the program intimately acquaints students with

  • School planning survey deadline

    BAR HARBOR — Over the past six months, the Mount Desert Island Regional School System has been soliciting public input to inform the development of a long-range plan for the schools. Oct. 31 is the deadline for filling out an online survey that asks four questions: What is your vision for the school system? What

  • Town, school ink agreement

    TREMONT — Misunderstandings regarding the use of town property by the Tremont Consolidated School have resulted in a new memorandum of understanding and lease between the town and the school department. Selectmen on Oct. 16 voted 5-0 to have Town Manager Dana Reed sign the document. The community building, which is used by the school

  • COA pair competes for $100,000

    COA pair competes for $100,000

    BAR HARBOR — Two College of the Atlantic students are semifinalists for a $100,000 prize as part of a televised business startup competition airing this fall. Grace Burchard ’17 and Anita van Dam ‘19 comprise the sustainability-focused [Re]Produce, one of 26 teams competing on Season 3 of the weekly TV entrepreneurial pitch contest “Greenlight Maine.”

  • Van Vliet joins COA faculty

    Van Vliet joins COA faculty

    BAR HARBOR — Anthropology Professor Netta van Vliet has been appointed to the permanent faculty at College of the Atlantic. Van Vliet, who completed her doctoral studies at Duke University, has described her teaching and research in political anthropology as interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of postcolonial studies, literature, psychoanalysis and feminist theory. “Anthropology is

  • Students to join school board

    Students to join school board

    BAR HARBOR — Two students will join the Mount Desert Island High School board as nonvoting members in the next few months. The board voted unanimously Monday night to have the school administration start the process of selecting student representatives. Principal Matt Haney and Superintendent Marc Gousse recommended adding students to the board. “In other

  • Gousse contrite over tickets gift: School board expresses confidence

    Gousse contrite over tickets gift: School board expresses confidence

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, has publicly apologized for what he called his “error in judgment” in accepting tickets to a New England Patriots football game from Cross Insurance. He expressed regret Sunday night in separate emails to the school board and to the school system’s