Education

  • RSU 24 plans straw poll on new high school plans

    RSU 24 plans straw poll on new high school plans

    SULLIVAN — On May 1, Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) officials will hold a forum and straw poll seeking input from residents of member communities on plans to build a new high school and middle school where Sumner Memorial High School currently stands. RSU 24 Business Manager David Bridgham said the event’s schedule is

  • Every 15 Minutes program coming to GSA in May

    Every 15 Minutes program coming to GSA in May

    BLUE HILL — Drive sober and if you need to use your phone, pull over. Those are two messages Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane hopes to impart to George Stevens Academy students. GSA, with help from the Sheriff’s Office, is hosting Every 15 Minutes, a two-day program May 3-4 with events to challenge students to

  • Teacher, church deacon Joan Preble dies at 78

    Teacher, church deacon Joan Preble dies at 78

    ELLSWORTH — Paint-spattered mini Michelangelos blossomed under the tutelage of Joan Preble. The longtime Ellsworth preschool teacher would tape butcher block paper to the underside of classroom tables so that students could crawl underneath and imagine they were painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Preble, 78, died April 13 after a battle with colon

  • DI-S school budget up for first time in 4 years

    DEER ISLE — The proposed FY 18-19 education budget for Deer Isle-Stonington schools contains the first increase in four years. Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington presented a proposed budget, totaling $6,784,862, at a School Board meeting April 12. That budget contains $500,000 more in expenditures than this year’s budget of $6,252,628. Next year’s enrollment is

  • Bucksport High robotics team to compete at World Championship

    Bucksport High robotics team to compete at World Championship

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport High School Robotics Team will compete in the World Robotics Championship in Detroit, Mich., April 25-28. The team qualified last week at the 2018 NE First District Championship held April 11-14 at Boston University. Nearly 30 team members, many of them engineering class students, have worked since January to build and

  • Professional development opportunities available for child care providers

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia’s Let’s Go! Downeast initiative, serving Washington and Hancock counties, is partnering with Let’s Go! Wabanaki, serving the Native American population, and Let’s Go! Aroostook County to offer a workshop series for child care providers. Child care professionals are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training each year to

  • State spelling bee champ wins geography bee as well

    State spelling bee champ wins geography bee as well

    BLUE HILL — Scholastic news alert: Maine’s state spelling bee champ also won the state geography bee, which was held at the University of Maine-Farmington on April 6. Colin Aponte, 13, a home-schooled student from Blue Hill, correctly answered “What is the name of Guyana’s largest port city on the mouth of the Demerara River?”

  • Deer Isle students place in chemistry competition

    Deer Isle students place in chemistry competition

    DEER ISLE — Kianna Heanssler and Katie Gell, both sixth-graders from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, placed second and third, respectively, in a statewide chemistry competition for the Chemistry Educational Foundation. The 2018 You Be The Chemist Maine State Challenge was held in Deer Isle and was sponsored by The Galley and Eaton and Son of

  • Legislators learn about proficiency-based education

    Legislators learn about proficiency-based education

    For close to six hours Monday afternoon, the Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs at the State House heard arguments from an overflow crowd of concerned teachers, parents and students on the pros and cons of proficiency-based learning.

  • Superintendents want a school resource officer

    Superintendents want a school resource officer

    ELLSWORTH — School shootings are a worry for everyone but especially in rural, coastal communities without a full-time police presence. To that end, two school superintendents met with the Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday to see if the county would at least partially fund the cost of school resource officers. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane said