• 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 — 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,”

  • Trenton school options discussed

    Trenton school options discussed

    TRENTON — The School Evaluation Options Committee (SEOC) met Tuesday for its fourth open forum at the Trenton town office to discuss the committee’s findings following its year-long investigation into solutions for the area’s rising education costs. Chairwoman Susan Sargent and committee member Susan Starr gave the presentation to an audience of three, including state Rep.

  • City Council greenlights HCTC study

    City Council greenlights HCTC study

    ELLSWORTH — A feasibility study for the Hancock County Technical Center to determine whether a renovation or a complete rebuild is needed was unanimously approved by councilors on Oct. 20. Oakpoint Associates will carry out the study, councilors said, following the School Board’s formal recommendation on Oct. 13.  City officials had formed a committee to

  • Ellsworth Adult Education pivots to online learning

    ELLSWORTH — The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into how students of all ages access education, including adults. For Ellsworth Adult Education Director Ann Sargent and her staff, this has been an opportunity to use videoconferencing systems to make learning more accessible for students striving to obtain their high school diploma or equivalent, gain

  • COVID-19 case reported in Ellsworth schools

    COVID-19 case reported in Ellsworth schools

    ELLSWORTH – Sports practices and other extra-curricular activities at Ellsworth High School were postponed Tuesday afternoon and students told to prepare for remote learning on Wednesday after an individual within the Ellsworth school system tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter to staff and parents Tuesday, Superintendent Dan Higgins said that an individual associated with