• Playground project supported

    Playground project supported

    Sarah Hinckley SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Following months of contentious debate, selectmen here joined forces with the school board and recommended town funding for restoring the downtown playground. The proposal will be on the ballot at the June 12 election. Residents are being asked to approve spending $180,000, as a loan from the town’s undesignated

  • Public school grants available

    Public school grants available

    ELLSWORTH — Applications for four grant programs that benefit public schools in Maine will be accepted by the Perloff Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. One-year Fast Track Grants of up to $3,000 are available for all areas of pre-K through 12th grade. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year close June 30. STEM4ME grants

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Planchart graduates RALEIGH, N.C. — Rebecca A. Planchart graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University on May 12 with a bachelor’s degree in arts studies and a minor in arts entrepreneurship. Planchart is a 2014 graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and is the daughter of Cathy Planchart of Ellsworth and Antonio

  • Phys. Ed. classes get heart monitors

    Phys. Ed. classes get heart monitors

    BAR HARBOR — Every student in the middle school grades at the Mount Desert Island and Trenton schools soon will wear a heart rate monitor in their physical education class, if they don’t have them already. “The kids wear them throughout class, and all the data comes into an iPad that I can put up

  • 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