ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 22
POLICY CODE: EEAE
TO: Superintendents, Transportation Directors, and Business Managers
FROM: Angela Faherty Ph.D., Commissioner of Education
DATE: October 25, 2010
RE: School Bus Purchase Request for School Year 2011-2012
CORRECTED: This version corrects purchase/lease year and also the web address for Form EF-T-17.
The annual applications for approval of school bus purchases are due November 25, 2010. If you are planning to purchase or lease/lease-purchase a school bus in FY12, complete and submit the Request for Approval For School Bus Purchase form (EF-T-17). Form EF-T-17 and filing instructions can be found on the Department of Education’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/education/const/trans/EF-T-17.htm .
Lease and lease-purchase approvals will be considered for State subsidy as a capital expense following the same process used for cash and note purchases, and will be subject to specific funding limitations as described in Title 20-A M.R.S.A. 5401 (15)(C). The approval level for cash, note, and lease purchases will be determined by the Commissioner based on funds available and on the State bid price for each applicable type and capacity of school bus listed. Additional information about the State of Maine School Bus Purchasing Program is available on the Maine Department of Education School Transportation website: http://www.maine.gov/education/const/trans/home.htm . If you have questions, contact Pat Hinckley at 207-624-6886 or Pat.Hinckley@maine.gov .