Apply to fill vacancy on Charter School Commission

The following is a news release from the Maine Charter School Commission.

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy left by the unexpected resignation of one of its members. As described in law, they are seeking nominees with diverse professional experiences in education, social services, youth training, business start-up and administration, accounting and finance, strategic planning and non-profit governance.

Charter schools are public schools of choice students can decide to attend as an alternative to traditional public schools. They have more flexibility than traditional public schools over decisions concerning curriculum and instruction, scheduling, staffing and finance. Charter schools, however, are accountable to the terms of the contracts, or charters, that authorize their existence and the academic standards to which all other public schools are accountable.

While the Commission receives some staff support from the Maine Department of Education, it is an independent body.

People interested in serving on the Commission should mail or hand deliver a letter of interest and current resume to: Jennifer Pooler, Maine Charter School Commission, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023. In their letters, applicants should describe how their experience and strengths will contribute to the work of the Maine Charter School Commission.

Letters must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.  For more information, contact Jennifer Pooler at 624-6638 or Jennifer.Pooler@maine.gov, or visit www.maine.gov/csc.

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