Southwest Harbor, Tremont school merger not dead

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The board of selectmen here doesn’t want to take no for an answer.

Despite a rebuff from their counterparts in Tremont, board members still want to explore options for consolidating the elementary schools in the two towns.

Southwest Harbor selectman Ralph Dunbar pointed out at the board’s meeting Tuesday night that, in last year’s straw poll, a minority of Southwest Harbor voters favored keeping the two schools as they are.

“Do we want to open a conversation with the (Southwest Harbor) school board to see if they would like to be involved with the board of selectmen and maybe other parties to see what options might be available?” Dunbar asked.

“I think it’s worth looking into,” board chairman Tom Benson said.

Board member Dan Norwood suggested inviting the school committee to a selectmen’s meeting to discuss the possibilities.

“The town of Southwest Harbor showed its will for doing something,” he said.

The board made no decision on contacting the school committee to discuss the issue.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]