What’s the Point of High School in a Small Fishing Town?
Last year, the island set a new record, bringing in $57 million from fishing, mostly lobster. Successful fisherman there can be millionaires by age 30, West said. That’s stiff competition for a school trying to keep kids’ attention. But locals worry that the lobster bubble could burst any season if the coveted crustaceans continue to migrate east. With no local industry hiring entry-level workers, the school is charged with producing 18-year-olds ready to run their own small businesses. But it also must graduate problem-solvers who can find ways besides lobstering to keep the fishing industry thriving or start other successful companies.