Gloria Delsandro starts her first school year as principal of Mount Desert Elementary when area schools welcome students back to the classroom next week. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Schools open next week



BAR HARBOR — The new school year starts next week for the roughly 1,500 students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS).

MDI High School freshmen will go for half a day on Wednesday, Aug. 31. For all others, the first day will be Thursday, Sept. 1. Then, after two days of classes, students will be off for the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend.

New MDIRSS Superintendent Marc Gousse said Tuesday that all of the schools are ready for the opening bell.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of teachers and a lot of para-professionals showing up on their own time, on their own volition and getting ready for the opening of school,” he said. “That is indicative of a very healthy culture and a place where people are really invested.

“The custodial and maintenance staffs have done an amazing job; the buildings look impeccable,” he added. “We’re ready and excited to go.”

The system includes the high school and K-8 schools in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton, the Cranberry Isles, Swans Island and Frenchboro.

Three of the schools will start the year with new principals: Gloria Delsandro at Mount Desert Elementary, Crystal DaGraca at Swans Island Elementary and Lindsay Eysnogle at Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island.

This is the first time in 16 years that Longfellow will be open. All Cranberry Isles students will attend classes there for two years before switching back to Ashley Bryan School on Islesford for two years.

Bus schedules were printed in last week’s Islander.

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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