Education

  • REACH School students host open house

    REACH School students host open house

    BUCKSPORT — Tucked away near the top of Oak Hill, the REACH School presented itself to the public in an open house on Oct. 11. The 15 middle and high school students at REACH invited friends, neighbors, teachers and other community members to the event, where the students spoke with pride about the qualities that

  • Gousse: Ticket gift did not violate code

    BAR HARBOR — Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS), may have violated the school system’s code of conduct regarding purchasing and contracting by accepting two tickets from Cross Insurance to the New England Patriots football game Sept. 24. He has since asked Cross to bill him for the tickets,

  • MMA student firefighters bring town, gown together

    MMA student firefighters bring town, gown together

    CASTINE — Firefighting in Downeast Maine isn’t what it used to be. Now that many adults in the area work in larger cities such as Ellsworth or Bangor, it’s harder for small rural fire departments to find volunteers to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. Due to Maine’s aging population, it’s also more difficult

  • MMA, Castine work together to discourage rowdy students

    MMA, Castine work together to discourage rowdy students

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) generally isn’t known as a party school. Most of the 950 or so students there are involved in the school’s Regiment of Midshipmen, which requires members to go to muster at 7 a.m. every day, meet physical training standards and uphold a student honor code. But as with any

  • Much-loved school custodian is retiring

    Much-loved school custodian is retiring

    ELLSWORTH — Piper Leighton was not having a good day. The first-grade student at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS) had just sat down for a lunch of pizza, baby carrots, pears and milk when her tray tipped over and landed on the floor with a clatter. From across the crowded cafeteria, Chuck Brooks took note and

  • Bucksport High School to offer firefighting classes

    Bucksport High School to offer firefighting classes

    BUCKSPORT — So you want to be a firefighter? Bucksport High School and the Bucksport Fire Department have partnered to offer a new course in firefighting skills and knowledge for RSU 25 students aged 16 and older. Starting this month, the junior firefighter cadet program will last nearly the entire school year. Participants can become

  • RSU 24 board OKs public vote on buying office

    RSU 24 board OKs public vote on buying office

    GOULDSBORO — The Regional School Unit 24 board voted unanimously Tuesday to send the issue of buying district offices back to a public ballot in November, revisiting a referendum question that was voted down last year. Board members invited selectmen from towns in the district to give input before making their decision which, they said,

  • New principal named at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School

    DEER ISLE — A former Blue Hill Consolidated School teacher has been hired as principal of Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary, according to Christian Elkington, Union 76 superintendent. Tara McKechnie replaces Carla Magoon, who resigned at the end of the last school year to return to teaching. “McKechnie will be the point person overseeing all aspects of

  • Peninsula School teacher honors colleagues with awards

    Peninsula School teacher honors colleagues with awards

    SULLIVAN — Marielle Edgecomb, a math teacher at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, told her colleagues they just needed to get up in front of the crowd, but she didn’t tell them why. All teachers from the district were gathered for a training day before the start of the school year, and Edgecomb asked