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.