Education

  • Professional development opportunities available for child care providers

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia’s Let’s Go! Downeast initiative, serving Washington and Hancock counties, is partnering with Let’s Go! Wabanaki, serving the Native American population, and Let’s Go! Aroostook County to offer a workshop series for child care providers. Child care professionals are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training each year to

  • State spelling bee champ wins geography bee as well

    State spelling bee champ wins geography bee as well

    BLUE HILL — Scholastic news alert: Maine’s state spelling bee champ also won the state geography bee, which was held at the University of Maine-Farmington on April 6. Colin Aponte, 13, a home-schooled student from Blue Hill, correctly answered “What is the name of Guyana’s largest port city on the mouth of the Demerara River?”

  • Deer Isle students place in chemistry competition

    Deer Isle students place in chemistry competition

    DEER ISLE — Kianna Heanssler and Katie Gell, both sixth-graders from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, placed second and third, respectively, in a statewide chemistry competition for the Chemistry Educational Foundation. The 2018 You Be The Chemist Maine State Challenge was held in Deer Isle and was sponsored by The Galley and Eaton and Son of

  • Legislators learn about proficiency-based education

    Legislators learn about proficiency-based education

    For close to six hours Monday afternoon, the Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs at the State House heard arguments from an overflow crowd of concerned teachers, parents and students on the pros and cons of proficiency-based learning.

  • Superintendents want a school resource officer

    Superintendents want a school resource officer

    ELLSWORTH — School shootings are a worry for everyone but especially in rural, coastal communities without a full-time police presence. To that end, two school superintendents met with the Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday to see if the county would at least partially fund the cost of school resource officers. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane said

  • Case against RSU 25 employee dropped

    Case against RSU 25 employee dropped

    BUCKSPORT — The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue a case against a former Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) employee who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student. “The student refused to cooperate with the investigation as well as the student’s parents, so we really had nothing to go on,” said

  • RSU 24 moves forward on plan to purchase property next to Sumner

    SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board members decided last week during an executive session to allow Superintendent Michael Eastman to move forward with a $135,000 offer to purchase land that abuts Sumner Memorial High School. The discussion followed an initial offer and counteroffer between the board and the landowner. The purchase would

  • Student test scores vary widely by town

    Student test scores vary widely by town

    ELLSWORTH — The performance of area students was decidedly mixed for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the latest round of results from the Maine Department of Education. Students in the Ellsworth School District performed slightly above the statewide average in all areas of the assessment. Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) and Regional School

  • Sedgwick Elementary School principal to resign in June

    Sedgwick Elementary School principal to resign in June

    SEDGWICK — Sedgwick Elementary School Principal John Dow has tendered his resignation effective June 30. Dow said his heart belongs in a classroom, not the principal’s office. “I have found that I personally make the most difference in children’s lives from the classroom,” said Dow, who was a teaching principal at Sedgwick. He taught social