“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 school building has been deteriorating. Low student population is contributing to higher than average per-pupil education costs.

To that end, the July 25 meeting will be the first of four public hearings scheduled, with a final recommendation from the committee due in December.

New principal Dennis Duquette is on the “Future of Our Schools” committee, as are community member Bobbi Billings, Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings, Deer Isle Town Manager Jim Fisher, School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington, School Board member Skip Greenlaw, parents Kim Hutchinson, Jill Larrabee and Tracie Morey, teachers Mary Penfold and Terry Siebert, Head of School Lynne Witham and building contractor Jeremy Stewart.

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