School Board Meeting June 6, 5:30pm at DISHS

posted Jun 5, 2017, 12:16 PM by Todd West

The regular June meeting of the CSD#13 school board will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 6th in the DISHS cafeteria.  The agenda and high school principals report are linked, below. Please note, this is a separate meeting from the annual district budget meeting, which is at 7:00pm on Monday, 6/5 in the DISHS Gym.


Important Information About the Time & Location of Tonight's District Budget Meeting

posted Jun 5, 2017, 6:55 AM by Todd West

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members! We just noticed that there is confusion on when tonight's District Budget Meeting is to be held. The budget insert says the District Budget Meeting is at the REACH at 5:30 PM and this is an error. The Warrant Articles say 7:00 PM at DISHS and this is correct. Somehow in the finalizing of the insert this error was made.

We must follow the Warrant as the legal document so please understand that tonight's meeting is at 7:00 PM at DISHS. Any assistance you can give in sharing this corrected information is much appreciated.

Seeking Parent and Community Input on Next CSD #13 Administrators

posted May 26, 2017, 4:39 PM by Todd West

Hi All! I hope this note finds you well! 

Somehow I must have dreamed that I shared with you information a week ago about an upcoming meeting where your participation is needed. It must have been a dream as I can't find the message I thought I sent, anywhere. My apologies.

This coming Wednesday night, May 31st, 5:30 PM in the Reach, Chair of the Board Jane Osborne and I will be asking for feedback on what you would like to see in our next set of administrators/leaders in CSD 13. As you know we will be replacing two positions in our district. We are going to adjust some roles and responsibilities to better meet student and staff needs and so are looking at an Associate Principal for DISES and an Associate Principal/Athletic Director for DISHS.

I hope you can join us to share your thoughts. If not please fill out the attached questions and email your responses to me or drop them off at the Superintendent's Office by this coming Friday June 2nd. Thanks!

My best,

Christian M. Elkington

Superintendent Union 76

Interim Director of Special Education

posted May 26, 2017, 4:37 PM by Todd West

Hi All! As many of you know, today was Dr. Logue's last day as Director of Special Services for U76. Dr. Logue is moving down to Southern Maine to take on a new role and we wish him well and thank him for his service to Union 76! 

When it appeared that Dr. Logue would be leaving I started looking for an Interim to take his place for two reasons. First, it is most important that we have a qualified Director during our transition. Secondly, I needed to make sure that what happened to us when we had a similar change four years ago, no Director for 8 months, didn't happen again.

I am happy to announce that Ms. Susan Hodgkins has agreed to take over for the next 6-8 weeks as needed. Susan retired as the Director of Special Services in MSAD 37 in 2015 after 16 successful years as their Director. Susan comes highly recommended and we are very fortunate to have her joining our team. As an Interim Susan will be working 2 to 3 days a week (starting this coming week), while we start our search for a permanent replacement. 

A search process for our new Director will be shared shortly.

My best,

Christian M. Elkington

Superintendent Union 76

Parent Financial Aid Night 6:00pm 5/31

posted May 23, 2017, 2:43 AM by Todd West   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  We are looking for a new date that works for our guest presenters.  A rescheduled date and time will be provided as soon as we are able to find one.
June 7 Update: we will reschedule this event for September, as we are unable to reschedule our guest presenters on short notice.

Parents and Community Members Wanted for Interview Committees

posted May 21, 2017, 10:13 AM by Todd West

We are about to start interviewing for three open teaching positions- 7-12 English/Language Arts, 7-12 Health/PE, and part-time high school Guidance.  We would like to have a parent and community member on each interview committee.  If you are interested, please contact Principal Todd West at or 348-2303.  There will be an initial meeting this Tuesday afternoon (5/23) for each of the committees.

End of Year Calendar and Exam Schedules

posted May 14, 2017, 8:07 AM by Todd West

Student Art Show Returns!

posted May 14, 2017, 5:58 AM by Todd West

The annual DISHS student art show will return this spring!  The show will be at the Deer Isle Artists Association gallery in Deer Isle village Saturday May 20-Sunday May 21.  An opening reception will be on Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm.  Come check out all of the awesome art work our students have produced this year.

Spring Concert!

posted May 14, 2017, 5:52 AM by Todd West

The grades 5-12 spring concert will be qt 6:30pm on Thursday, 5/18 in the Reach Performing Arts Center.  A great night of music for all ages!


posted May 5, 2017, 6:52 AM by Todd West

There was a communication snafu at the beginning of last week and a message about looking at other calendar options did not get to me. Concerns with extending an entire week for our youngest students needed to be reviewed and was not. In speaking with the Commissioner's Office there is another option that will still allow us to make up a day for our seniors without using an entire week straight, but it will mean starting this option earlier.

Starting this coming Wednesday, May 10th and continuing for the following 4 Wednesdays, through to and including Wednesday, June 7th, the high school day will be extended to 3:40 pm each of these Wednesdays only. Busses will then drop off one hour later than they usually do in the afternoon on each of these Wednesdays.  The elementary school will be dismissed at 3:50pm.  A bus will be provided for off-Island students.

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this final plan, which better supports our youngest students who are part of the solution in helping our graduates!

- Mr. Elkington

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