Islesboro school announces $8M project, new head

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, at 7:12 p.m.

ISLESBORO, Maine — The school system has seen some significant changes recently, including the hiring of a new superintendent, a new Web site and the approval of an $8 million renovation project.

Thomas Comiciotto took over the reins as superintendent of the Islesboro Central School District on Dec. 10, 2008. Comiciotto replaced Michael C. Wright, who left Islesboro to accept a superintendent’s position in Madawaska.

Comiciotto brings more than 34 years of educational experience, including seven years as a superintendent in New Jersey, nine years as the principal of Bucksport High School and several years as a middle school principal and an elementary and high school teacher.

Comiciotto served on the Legislative Committee of the Maine Principals’ Association where he lobbied for special education issues in Washington, D.C. He also served as the substance abuse coordinator for a school district in New Jersey.

The new superintendent lives in Castine with his wife, Jinny, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Further changes to Islesboro Central School this academic year have included the launch of a new Web site and the approval of an $8 million school renovation project.

The new ICS site offers a clean layout that allows parents, students, faculty and community members to access school-related information easily, according to a press release from the school. The site features school announcements, schedules, lunch menus, school newsletters and creative writing samples, the student handbook, school committee materials, guidance resources, course descriptions, the ICS mission statement, contact information and more.

“The original Web site, designed by students and staff, had been up and running for a number of years,” Comiciotto said by telephone Wednesday. “Like everything else, we wanted to update it. We started the project so as to share material that would help the community and help others understand what happens on Islesboro.”

PointVision Web Development of Belfast provided the design and development of the Content Management System and Newsroom Module for the site. The new design features allow ICS to add, edit or delete content from any browser at any location in the world.

“All teachers will have the opportunity to update their areas and to add materials to the site,” Comiciotto said. “It’s wonderful to have the new site, but it is important for us to keep it up.”

The ICS faculty will attend a training workshop with PointVision to ensure that the site is properly maintained and developed in the future, according to Comiciotto.

The school renovation project, approved by Islesboro voters in October 2008, will add class space, preserve the main building, and address electrical, plumbing, heating and ADA compliance needs. According the ICS Web site, construction on classroom additions will begin this spring and the renovations are expected to be completed by January 2011. Comiciotto said the school plans to break ground in May or June. Stephen Blatt Architects of Portland and Ledgewood Construction of South Portland have been hired to carry out the project. Fundraising efforts will continue in the months to come.

Islesboro Central School is a public school containing kindergarten through 12th grade with a current enrollment of 86 students. The school’s Magnet Program allows nonresidential students in grades 5 through 12 to attend ICS and, if desired, live with host families on the island.

For information, visit www.islesborocentralschool.com or call ICS at 734-2251.

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