School board participation varies



BAR HARBOR — Members of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board from Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert have the best attendance rate over the past 10 meetings – dating back to last August.

The school committees in the four MDI towns and Trenton each have five members, with each member also serving on the MDIRSS board. However, at any given MDIRSS meeting, only three board members from each town may vote, except for Bar Harbor, which has four votes.

According to the minutes of meetings between August 20, 2012 and April 22, 2013, Southwest Harbor board members had an average attendance rate of 4.1. Mount Desert averaged 3.7. That means more than enough members attended to cast the maximum number of votes.

Bar Harbor board members had an average attendance rate of 3.6, which is short of casting a full complement of votes.

Tremont board members, with an attendance rate of 2.9, failed by the narrowest possible margin to maximize their voting total.

Trenton’s attendance average of 2.6 was the lowest of the five towns, but it was a significant improvement over the previous year’s average of 1.75.

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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]