Education

  • MMA plots new course with planned fire training facility

    CASTINE — At a meeting last month, the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) board of trustees agreed to start work on a shipboard firefighting training facility in Penobscot. When it is completed by the start of classes next fall, school officials say, the facility will feature cutting-edge technology that will allow undergraduate students, graduate students, local

  • Local nonprofit gets $500K grant

    ELLSWORTH — Special Children’s Friends, a Hancock County nonprofit program for children with special needs, has received a $500,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation. The funding will be used to significantly enhance the organization’s fledgling endowment fund. Annual income from the endowment will help support ongoing services for children and youth in Hancock County

  • New Sumner High School could ease overcrowding

    New Sumner High School could ease overcrowding

    SULLIVAN — Replacing Sumner Memorial High School would be cheaper than renovating it and enrolling middle-schoolers at the new school could relieve district-wide overcrowding. Those were two key takeaways from reports done by a Portland-based architecture firm about building a new high school in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24). District officials received the reports

  • RSU 25 employee resigns amid investigation

    BUCKSPORT – An employee of Regional School Unit 25 has resigned amidst an ongoing police investigation. Superintendent Jim Boothby confirmed that the resignation occurred, but was unable to provide details other than that the employee had worked for RSU 25 for a little over a year. “While I cannot discuss personnel matters or the investigation

  • Array of volunteers start work on Castine childcare center

    Array of volunteers start work on Castine childcare center

    CASTINE — On November 14, a group of physicians, business leaders, teachers and more gathered in Bangor for a summit hosted by the Maine Community Foundation on early childhood development. The message of the summit was simple: investing in early childhood education programs leads to healthier, more productive and better-educated adults. “Expanding early learning, including

  • IPads help EEMS students get a leg up on literacy

    IPads help EEMS students get a leg up on literacy

    ELLSWORTH — More screen time is not usually a recommendation for improving literacy, but it is for a pilot program involving iPads and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School K-3 students. Since last January, the students have been a part of Momentum, a Maine Department of Education project designed to improve literacy using iPads. On Nov. 9, Maine

  • Students present findings on Winter Harbor oral history project

    Students present findings on Winter Harbor oral history project

    WINTER HARBOR — Don’t say “pig” on a lobster boat. Look out for other fishermen, even if you’re in competition. Water temperatures are affecting lobsters, but in truth the fishing industry has always been fickle. These are a few of the lessons learned by students who conducted an oral history project in Winter Harbor. Fourteen

  • RSU 24 towns approve central office purchase

    RSU 24 towns approve central office purchase

    SULLIVAN — Voters in Regional School Unit 24 approved a plan to purchase the district facilities building, saving taxpayers a projected $600,000 over the next 15 years. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters in favor of the purchase. A total of 1,977 votes were cast with an average turnout of 34 percent in

  • Taplin, Dwyer recognized as EHS Students of the Month

    Taplin, Dwyer recognized as EHS Students of the Month

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School recognized two students with Student of the Month honors Oct. 26. Dylan Taplin was recognized as Student of the Month for September while Aliza Dwyer was recognized as Visual/Performing Arts (VPA) Student of the Month for September. While the VPA has been recognizing a student each month all along, Principal

  • KidsPeace holds grand opening of Graham Lake School Library

    ELLSWORTH — KidsPeace held a grand opening for its new Graham Lake School Library on Oct. 26. The event was held at the KidsPeace Graham Lake Campus in Ellsworth. In April of 2017, KidsPeace announced it had received a $50,000 grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation to establish the new library on the