Education

  • Proposed RSU 24 school budget is up 2.8 percent

    Proposed RSU 24 school budget is up 2.8 percent

    SULLIVAN — The proposed Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) budget for the 2018-2019 school year is up 2.84 percent over the spending plan for the current school year. The 2018-2019 budget has a bottom line of $16,586,096. That is an increase of $458,176 over this year. Local taxpayers will feel less of a hit

  • City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the Ellsworth School Department’s $21.37-million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The overall budget, including adult education, is up 3.43 percent over this year’s, or $708,099. Taxpayers in Ellsworth will be asked for 2.45 percent more than in 2017, or $272,711, to fund the local share

  • New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    ELLSWORTH — Cheers went up at a meeting of the Ellsworth School Board on Tuesday evening after Superintendent Dan Higgins announced Erica Gabbianelli as the new principal of the Ellsworth Middle School. Gabbianelli will succeed Jim Newett, who is retiring in June after serving in the position for 29 years. Gabbianelli “impressed the interview committee

  • Facing surgery, Ellsworth boy gets a whole-school sendoff

    Facing surgery, Ellsworth boy gets a whole-school sendoff

    ELLSWORTH — There are 101 good reasons to raise your kids in a small town. By Friday afternoon, there were 102. Last Friday, after school lunch, Dekota Surette and his mom worked their way through the corridors of Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. They were leaving a little early to prepare for the drive to Boston. Dekota,

  • Lamoine voters approve $2.9M school budget, ordinance changes

    Lamoine voters approve $2.9M school budget, ordinance changes

    LAMOINE — With nary a dissenting vote, just under three dozen voters approved a $2.9-million budget for the coming 2018-2019 school year at a special town meeting May 16. The bottom line of $2,913,696 is up $228,520 (8.5 percent) over the current school year, which ends June 30. Superintendent Katrina Kane said the single biggest

  • GSA announces honor parts recipients

    GSA announces honor parts recipients

    BLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 on Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. on the school lawn. The valedictorian is Eliza Grace Broughton, the daughter of Matt Broughton of Blue Hill and Jen and Sam Winter of Ellsworth. Broughton participated in cross-country, outdoor track and indoor

  • Sumner announces Class of 2018 honor parts

    Sumner announces Class of 2018 honor parts

    SULLIVAN — Principal Ty Thurlow has announced the members of the Class of 2018 who have earned academic distinction as they graduate from Sumner Memorial High School. They are members of the first Sumner Memorial High School class graduating with a proficiency-based diploma. Sumner Memorial High School has adopted the Latin Honor system to recognize

  • Student notes

    Amanda Boyd of Dedham and Erin White of Lamoine were named to the dean’s list for the 2018 spring semester at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours

  • Deer Isle-Stonington honor parts announced

    Deer Isle-Stonington honor parts announced

    DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle- Stonington High School Class of 2018 will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in the school gym. Orly Marie Vaughn, the daughter of Amy and Andrew Vaughn of Little Deer Isle, is valedictorian. Vaughn plans to study sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina. Her

  • Bucksport High School honor parts announced

    Bucksport High School honor parts announced

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport High School Class of 2018 will hold commencement exercises on Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Danny Bunker, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Bunker, is valedictorian. He is graduating with a 103.7 grade point average. Bunker will attend the University of Maine at Orono to major in