School experiences an enrollment jump

BAR HARBOR — The Conners Emerson School here is starting the year with 379 students enrolled, up about 15 from last year’s total, according to Principal Barb Neilly. Enrollment numbers are likely to fluctuate somewhat in the first week or so of school, she said, but the school’s population will see a slight increase.

Each class in grades K-8 has around 40 students, the third grade being the smallest with 33 students.

“We started with 28 new kindergarteners from registration in the spring,” Neilly said Tuesday, “and now we’re up to 44. We’ve added 10 in the last day.”

The Bar Harbor school committee met Monday afternoon. It was the first session with new Superintendent Marc Gausse, new committee member Lilea Simis and new Assistant Principal Heather Webster.

Committee member Melisa Rowland announced her resignation after several years of service. The committee appointed Marie Yarborough to fill that vacancy, Chairman Kristi Losquadro said. “Marie will serve until the next town election, then that seat will be up for re-election with a one-year term.”

In town elections next June, three seats will be open on the superintending school committee: two for two-year terms and one for a one-year term.

The committee also approved the student handbook and bomb threat policy. There were no changes from last year’s handbook, Losquadro said.

This year, the school welcomes new art Teacher Allison DuBois, new music Teacher Gene Gil and new speech language Teacher Suzanne Bishop. Several other teachers and staff have transferred to Conners Emerson from other AOS 91 schools.



Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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