Teacher sharing cost savings eyed

BAR HARBOR — Some “specialist” teachers, such as those in art and music, in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) have too much time on their hands during a typical school day, according to superintendent Howard Colter.

A possible remedy, he said, is for schools to share those teachers.

“Our enrollments have dropped significantly over the years, and staffing in many cases has remained constant for some of these specialists,”  Colter told the MDIRSS board Sept. 17.

He included foreign language, technology and physical education teachers, as well as guidance counselors, in his definition of specialists.

Over the past 10 years, total enrollment in MDIRSS schools has dropped by 175, or 11.4 percent, excluding Trenton Elementary, which joined the school system in 2010. Trenton’s enrollment has dropped by 16, or 9.7 percent, in the past four years.

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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]