Education

  • EHS students “disappearing”

    EHS students “disappearing”

    20 percent Ellsworth High School students are failing, Ellsworth High School Principal Dan Clifford told school board members on Tuesday, a number that’s far higher than the typical four to eight percent failing rate. “It has everything to do with attendance,” said Clifford.

  • Group urges Trenton to leave AOS

    Group urges Trenton to leave AOS

    The Trenton Elementary School should withdraw from Alternative Organizational Structure 91 (AOS 91), according to the School Evaluation Options Committee (SEOC), which made the recommendation to the Board of Selectmen at its Dec. 29 meeting. 

  • School Union 93 Superintendent Hurvitt announces retirement

    School Union 93 Superintendent Hurvitt announces retirement

    BLUE HILL — School Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt announced his upcoming retirement at the Union 93 Board of Directors meeting Dec. 16. In a letter to School Union 93 Board Chairman Jerry Markley, Hurvitt said he intends to retire effective June 30, 2021.  Hurvitt has been superintendent for the Union 93 towns of Surry,

  • Trenton School Committee talks budget, solar energy 

    Trenton School Committee talks budget, solar energy 

    TRENTON — The Trenton School Committee met online Tuesday and largely discussed the 2022 budget, plans to incorporate solar energy and plans to respond to the School Evaluations Options Committee (SEOC) report.  The SEOC is comprised of Trenton community members who are concerned at the rising school costs, which are in turn raising property taxes.

  • Ellsworth schools push on through pandemic pains

    Ellsworth schools push on through pandemic pains

    ELLSWORTH — In a lengthy School Board meeting on Dec. 8, the pandemic stood front and center, affecting all aspects of school life. Students continue to attend in a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, with many students choosing remote learning only. “In this time, I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep those

  • Sumner construction underway

    Sumner construction underway

    SULLIVAN — Construction of the future Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus is underway and, despite the pandemic, on time, said Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Michael Eastman. “As of today, the timeline is still on track for occupancy in September 2022,” he said in an interview with The American on Monday.  Construction is

  • RSU 25 awarded $1 million

    RSU 25 awarded $1 million

    BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) Superintendent Jim Boothby announced Tuesday that the district was the recipient of a grant “just shy of a million dollars” aimed at inspiring pre-K-to-12 students to plan for careers and postsecondary education. “It will help us design and implement a systemic approach PK-12 and beyond for aspirational

  • New leadership, new direction for Ellsworth School Board

    New leadership, new direction for Ellsworth School Board

    ELLSWORTH — A new chairman, vice chairman and promises of transparency and inclusion marked what many community members will see as a shift in the direction of the Ellsworth School Board. Welcomed to the board were Elizabeth Alteri and Kelly McKenny, who won three-year terms in the Nov. 3 election. Jennifer Alexander was the sole

  • McKenney, Alteri win board seats

    ELLSWORTH — In a five-way race for two open seats, Elizabeth Alteri and Kelly McKenney were elected to the School Board on Tuesday, sending one-term incumbent Rob Hudson off the board.  McKenney, who served one term before stepping away in 2018, garnered 2,135 votes, the most of any candidate. “I’m relieved. I’m happy. I’m exhausted,”