Education

  • Trenton pre-K class approved

    Trenton pre-K class approved

    TRENTON — Voters at town meeting Tuesday night authorized spending $58,000 to start a prekindergarten program at Trenton Elementary School this fall and, over the objection of the Board of Selectmen, approved the rest of the elementary school budget. The selectmen had recommended that the budget not be approved as presented because they said it

  • High school sets up anonymous tip line

    High school sets up anonymous tip line

    BAR HARBOR — At least one Mount Desert Island High School student said at a forum on school safety in early March that the school should set up an anonymous tip line so that students could report suspicious activity or individuals about whom they have concerns. At a follow-up forum last Thursday at the high

  • Champlain Institute: International Affairs

    Champlain Institute: International Affairs

    BAR HARBOR — Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Maine’s U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and a host of international political experts will highlight the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs, which runs this summer from Saturday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 3. Rice and Mitchell will be joined by former acting Solicitor

  • Skippers to meet for final assembly

    Skippers to meet for final assembly

    ELLSWORTH — The Eastern Maine Skippers Program final assembly will be presented by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries at The Grand on Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. The project-based Skippers Program is designed to engage and inspire prospective commercial fishermen and others interested in marine careers. The focus is on the core knowledge

  • School bond postponed again

    School bond postponed again

    BAR HARBOR — The proposed bond for a renovation project at Conners Emerson School likely will not land on the November ballot, following a school board discussion Monday. Principal Barb Neilly told the board it wouldn’t be possible to complete a thoughtful proposal by July 17, the deadline for an item to be put on

  • Teachers’ contract talks dragging on

    Teachers’ contract talks dragging on

    BAR HARBOR — Contract negotiations between a committee of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board and representatives of the teachers union have gone on longer than either side had hoped, but that doesn’t mean they are going badly, Superintendent Marc Gousse said last Friday. Collective bargaining for a new three-year contract began

  • DNA Day brings students to JAX

    DNA Day brings students to JAX

    BAR HARBOR — More than 100 middle school students from four schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System spent part of last Wednesday — National DNA Day — at The Jackson Laboratory learning how scientists are using genetics research to better understand complex diseases. “I’ve found that some of my kids are now

  • Mustang reunion planned

    MOUNT DESERT — A Mount Desert High School Mustang reunion for graduating Classes from 1951 through 1968 plus undergraduates through 1973 will be held at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. Visit the Mount Desert Mustang Facebook page.

  • Tong, former president of Kiribati, to speak at COA commencement

    Tong, former president of Kiribati, to speak at COA commencement

    BAR HARBOR — Anote Tong, the fourth president of the Republic of Kiribati, will be College of the Atlantic’s 2018 commencement speaker. President Tong, who led Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bas) from 2003 to 2016, has become one of the strongest voices championing the fight against climate change, especially from the developing world and those nations most

  • Second forum on school safety set

    Second forum on school safety set

    BAR HARBOR — The second public forum on safety and security in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will be held in the band room at MDI High School on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. About 150 people attended the first forum, on March 6, which was prompted by the mass shooting three