• Hotspots help GSA students connect

    Hotspots help GSA students connect

    By Mark Messer Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy is helping its students with internet connectivity and boxes of food thanks to support from community members during the coronavirus pandemic. “Oh gosh, that’s amazing!” a GSA junior said when teacher Elizabeth Moss told her the school would soon provide a

  • City School Board approves $23M budget

    ELLSWORTH — City School Board members unanimously approved a $23-million budget for the upcoming school year on Tuesday evening, an increase of 1.91 percent compared to last year. Local taxpayers will be asked to raise $11,660,240 to support the School Department, down roughly $3,300 compared to this past year. The budget will be put to

  • RSU 24 eases grading during pandemic

    SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) officials last week approved a new protocol to assess students for the rest of this academic year at Sumner Memorial High School and four kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools. At its April 15 meeting, held remotely via Zoom videoconferencing, the RSU 24 Board unanimously voted to modify for now its

  • Trenton school cost-cutting options unveiled

    TRENTON — Four options for possibly saving taxpayers money on education — from doing nothing different to withdrawing from the Mount Desert Island Regional School System — have been put forward by the town’s School Evaluation Options Committee (SEOC). The committee of Trenton residents was created last summer by the Board of Selectmen to study

  • Grant to support remote learning

    ELLSWORTH — More than 25,000 Maine students are at risk of falling behind academically because their homes don’t have internet access that would enable them to take part in the remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a needs report submitted by school officials. To address the so-called digital divide, the Bangor Savings Bank

  • Institute losing revenue from campus users’ postponed paid stays

    Institute losing revenue from campus users’ postponed paid stays

    WINTER HARBOR — Robins, bluebirds, sparrows and other returning birds these spring days have the spruce-fir forests and granite headlands mostly to themselves with Acadia National Park’s Schoodic District and the Schoodic Institute campus closed. Most of the latter’s staff is scattered and working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking by phone from

  • Trap recycling program slowed but undaunted

    Trap recycling program slowed but undaunted

    GOULDSBORO — Powered by the engine from a gas wood splitter, two large, flat pieces of metal gradually move toward each other, collapsing the lobster trap between them. The machine, known as “lobster’s revenge,” crushes traps to a height of about 3 inches, so they can be stacked easily and take up much less space.

  • GSA continues caring for stranded international students

    GSA continues caring for stranded international students

    BLUE HILL — If you’ve been wondering about how the international students at George Stevens Academy are faring, far from home during this global pandemic, most of them are back at home with their families. However, GSA Headmaster Tim Seeley said the school still has 11 boarding students, five girls and six boys — from

  • Families, educators adapt to remote learning

    Families, educators adapt to remote learning

    SULLIVAN — With mid-March approaching, Nikki Chan and her Regional School Unit 24 colleagues saw the writing on the wall. As soon as the second week of the month began, the immediate threat posed by the novel coronavirus became imminently clear throughout the United States. In quick succession, school districts, restaurants, bars, stadiums and other

  • Magic school bus rolls through Lamoine

    Magic school bus rolls through Lamoine

    LAMOINE — A home-grown magic school bus rolled through Lamoine Monday, as Consolidated School staff wearing costumes delivered learning tools, care packages and personal belongings to students stuck at home. “It took a lot of teamwork, collaboration and creative thinking to make our own version of the magic school bus come to life and deliver

  • RSU 24 providing free meals during school closures

    SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 Nutrition Services will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 during the unanticipated school closures. Children do not have to attend RSU 24 schools to be eligible. The meals were set to begin Wednesday, March 18, and end April 3 In addition to the district’s