Education

  • Proposed school resource officer position imperiled

    ELLSWORTH — Plans for a school resource officer, for which the superintendents in Union 93 and Union 76 have already secured funding, have stalled. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane informed the Hancock County Commission at its monthly meeting Tuesday that he had confirmation from school officials that the towns in question had approved funding of

  • Principal leaving after one year

    DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington is searching for a new principal to lead the high school. Principal Ed Hatch, who was also the school’s athletic director, has tendered his resignation. Hatch will remain until the end of the school year. “As for my next move, it is still up in the air and there isn’t

  • City School Board cuts budget hike in half to $777,213

    City School Board cuts budget hike in half to $777,213

    ELLSWORTH — A revised draft of the Ellsworth School Department budget presented to the City Council on Monday is down from the initial version that was presented to the council at a Finance Committee meeting on April 13. The new spending plan includes an overall increase of $777,213, down from the $1.47-million hike that was

  • Citizens OK Sumner site for the new high school

    Citizens OK Sumner site for the new high school

    SULLIVAN — In a unanimous straw poll vote Tuesday night, 23 community members from Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) approved the current site of Sumner Memorial High School as the site of a new high school that the state is funding for the district. The vote followed a lengthy presentation by Lyndon Keck, a

  • MMA commencement set for Saturday

    MMA commencement set for Saturday

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will hold its 2018 commencement this Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Alexander Field House. U.S. Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, Ret.) will be the college’s commencement speaker. Buzby was sworn in as maritime administrator last August following appointment by President Donald Trump and confirmation

  • Draft of Ellsworth school budget up $1.47 million

    Draft of Ellsworth school budget up $1.47 million

    ELLSWORTH — A draft shows the Ellsworth school budget up 7.22 percent. The local impact is higher — a 9.7 percent increase over the current year. The total budget, which is split between Ellsworth and the state, is up $1.47 million, over the 2017-2018 school year. The Ellsworth School Board will meet Thursday, April 26

  • 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