School to use anonymous donation to bolster library

TREMONT — School officials will know later this month exactly how a $3,000 gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will be used to provide additional library services for students.

Principal Pam Bush said the donation was earmarked either for the school library or extra tutoring. The school committee decided to use the money for the library.

The school librarian position was eliminated in the budget for the 2014-2015 school year as a cost-saving measure.

“Right now, there are no official library classes,” Bush said.

The library is open for student use. Media specialist Iris Meehan has set up shop there and is available to assist students and check out books, Bush said.

Earlier this summer, Bush met with two members of the board of directors of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library about providing library services on a part-time basis. The donation would be used to pay for the service. The board members were receptive to the idea, but a decision won’t be made until the full board meets later this month, Bush said.

If that arrangement falls through, Bush said she has two people interested in doing the job.

The sharing of library services is not new. Libraries in Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor currently serve the students in those towns.

Bush also said that two vacancies on the school committee are to be filled at the Sept. 11 meeting of the committee.

One former member, Shane Ellis, has taken a teaching job within the Mount Desert Island school system and is now ineligible to serve on the committee. Another member, Chris Harper, resigned earlier this summer.

There are two people interested in filling the vacant seats, and they are expected to be appointed at the Sept. 11 meeting, Bush said.

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