Education

  • Advocates blast proficiency-based standards rollback

    Advocates blast proficiency-based standards rollback

    ELLSWORTH — One recent summer morning, state Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) was on his way to pick up lobsters for the restaurant he co-owns with his wife on the Union River. But his mind wasn’t on crustaceans. “You reached me at a good time,” Langley said. “I’ve been really worked up about this.” The

  • Future of high school education in Deer Isle discussed

    Future of high school education in Deer Isle discussed

    DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s enrollment has dropped by nearly half since 2000. The 1999-2000 school year saw 212 students. This past year high school enrollment was 108. “With fewer students, our per-pupil costs have gone up putting … the high school … in the top three most expensive public high school options

  • “Future of Our Schools” meeting set in Deer Isle

    DEER ISLE — Residents are invited to the first “Future of Our Schools” public hearing slated for Wednesday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. A committee of educators, municipal officials, parents, residents and school officials has been meeting to determine the future of high school education on the island. The high

  • Student notes

    University of Maine at Augusta Provost Joseph Szakas has announced the 2018 spring semester dean’s list. To qualify for the full-time dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of 100-level or higher UMA coursework (exclusive of pass/fail courses) and maintain a semester grade point average in these courses of 3.25 or

  • Deer Isle names new principal

    DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington High School has a new principal. The board voted earlier this month to hire Dennis Duquette. Duquette replaces Ed Hatch, who resigned after serving for one year. School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington said Duquette will be paid a salary of $90,000. The new principal will not receive insurance benefits,

  • MMA eyes Verso site

    MMA eyes Verso site

    BUCKSPORT — The former Verso paper mill site is proving an attractive prospective business partner thanks to its location and utilities. Maine Maritime Academy is revisiting plans to move its continuing education services to a portion of the former Verso mill site near an area that has been proposed for land-based salmon farming operations. “We’re

  • EHS Show Choir director passes torch to daughter

    EHS Show Choir director passes torch to daughter

    ELLSWORTH — Broadway had its Barrymores and Redgraves, now Ellsworth High School will have its own theater dynasty. Jasmine Ireland, daughter of longtime drama teacher and Show Choir director Rebecca Wright, will be joining the faculty full time and heading up the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. “My mom has created such a legendary

  • Fewer Maine kids live in poverty, but schooling lags

    Fewer Maine kids live in poverty, but schooling lags

    ELLSWORTH — The lives of many Maine children seem to be improving, albeit slowly, according to data released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Compared to 2010, fewer children in the state are living in poverty (17 percent) and fewer are living in households where no parent has secure employment (30 percent, down

  • Student notes

    Several students from Hancock County were named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at the University of Maine in Orono. Dean’s list students are required to complete 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The following area students were named to the list: Casco

  • Edible Island awards scholarship

    Edible Island awards scholarship

    DEER ISLE — Edible Island, a nonprofit organization that offers culinary experiences and educational opportunities, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Deer Isle Stonington High School graduating senior Jacob Shaw. The Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior from Deer Isle-Stonington or the Blue Hill Peninsula who is pursuing