Education

  • Meet the Ellsworth School Board candidates

    Meet the Ellsworth School Board candidates

    ELLSWORTH — Voters will have their choice when voting in local elections Nov. 3, as five candidates have stepped up to fill two open seats on the Ellsworth School Board. Current Chairwoman Brenda Thomas is not seeking re-election, although one-term incumbent Robert Hudson is running. While the impact of COVID-19 on education and education funding

  • Rainbow crosswalks painted at Ellsworth schools

    Rainbow crosswalks painted at Ellsworth schools

    ELLSWORTH — The crosswalks at Ellsworth High School (EHS) and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS) got a lot more colorful this week, as members of the EHS Gender/Sexuality Diversity Alliance (GSDA) set about painting them rainbow colors in support of the LBGTQ+ community. The School Board approved the plan earlier this year. The group has also

  • RSU 24 schools reopen under hybrid model

    RSU 24 schools reopen under hybrid model

    SULLIVAN — As the buses rolled up to the K-eighth grade Peninsula School early Tuesday morning, Roxanne Renwick had been looking forward to welcoming and shepherding her masked pupils into the spic-and-span building. In her homey classroom, the kindergarten teacher planned to read aloud Laurie Isop’s “How Do You Hug a Porcupine?” to teach young

  • Maine Maritime reports COVID-19 cases

    CASTINE — As of Wednesday morning, Maine Maritime Academy had reported four individuals (out of 1,400 tested) had tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the college’s fall entry testing. Three cases are active, according to the MMA website. On Monday, MMA President William Brennan issued a letter advising the school community that “two students

  • Ellsworth school groups (mostly) settled, administrators prep for September

    Ellsworth school groups (mostly) settled, administrators prep for September

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth School Department has worked out preliminary groups for students starting school in less than two weeks, but transportation schedules and other details are still being ironed out, administrators reported at a workshop on Tuesday evening. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 1,314 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12, said School

  • Moore Center to be used for remote instruction support

    Moore Center to be used for remote instruction support

    ELLSWORTH — Friends in Action will move its programs out of the Moore Community and Conference Center in the coming weeks to make space for a new “Remote Support Care” program for area schoolkids. The last day of classes for Friends in Action programs at the Moore Center will be Friday, Aug. 28. “We’re not

  • Sumner finalizes reopening plans

    Sumner finalizes reopening plans

    SULLIVAN — The first day of school is often a leap of faith for parents as they watch their backpack-toting kids clamber aboard school buses. But the 2020-21 school year’s start will be even more so as students arrive at Sumner Memorial High School. They’ll be stepping into a welcoming, but highly controlled environment where

  • Back-to-school plan approved in Otis

    OTIS — Students at the Beech Hill School in Otis will start the year on Sept. 8 in a hybrid-by-choice model similar to many other schools in the area after the Otis School Committee unanimously approved a plan on Monday evening. “This isn’t going to be the spring experience, emergency schooling. This needs to be

  • Ellsworth School Board approves hybrid learning model

    Ellsworth School Board approves hybrid learning model

    ELLSWORTH — Students in Ellsworth schools will have a choice of fully remote instruction or returning to school in person part-time this fall, the Ellsworth School Board decided on Tuesday at a meeting that stretched for nearly five hours. Families will need to decide on their choice by Friday, Aug. 14, and staff planned to

  • Student notes

    The University of Maine at Augusta has announced its 2020 spring semester dean’s list. The following area students were named to the list: Heather Halliday, Bar Harbor; Raven Radziewicz, Bar Harbor; Mckenzie Young, Bar Harbor; Laura Johnson, Birch Harbor; Laura Cass, Blue Hill; Jessica Kardos, Blue Hill; Stephanie McGuire, Blue Hill; Nolan Soucie, Bucksport; Cindy

  • RSU 25 plans for September

    RSU 25 plans for September

    BUCKSPORT — There are a couple of certainties, so to speak, in the proposed plan to return to school Sept. 8 amid the COVID-19 pandemic: everyone will be wearing masks or face shields and there won’t be as many students in schools. “The reality is we cannot get 100 percent of our kids back in