Hiring student helper a ‘win-win’

MOUNT DESERT — For the third year in a row, the town has engaged the services of a Mount Desert Island High School student as a summer helper in the Public Works Department.

The student and his job coach will be paid with federal and state funds through the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

“I anticipate having him mow the lawn at the highway garage and help keep the areas around the dumpsters neat and clean, both tasks done under the guidance of his job coach,” Public Works Director Tony Smith said in a memo to Town Manager Durlin Lunt.

The Board of Selectmen voted July 6 to retain the services of the student helper.

“It’s good for the student and good for some of the full-time employees, as well,” Smith told the selectmen. “It’s a win-win.”

Selectman Wendy Littlefield described it as “an amazing thing.”

“We’ve done it in the past, and it has worked wonderfully for the town and the workers.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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