Notice of Proposed Rule Change: Chapter 64, School Facilities Program

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Summary:  The Maine Department of Education is proposing amendments to Rule Chapter 64, Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund. 

Chapter 64 governs the requirements and process for approval of loans from the School Revolving Renovation Fund. The amendments are being proposed to conform the rule to 30-A MRSA §5953-E and 6006-F.  The proposed changes include revising eligible priority one projects to include removal or abatement of hazardous materials. A new funding priority is also created to address repairs and improvements related to energy and water conservation. Criteria for rating energy and water conservation projects are also established. Additionally, the maximum loan amount per school per priority is amended to be $1 million within any 5-year period.

The current rule and the proposed amended rule are available online at http://www.maine.gov/education/const/rules/home.htm.

Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Ann Pinnette, School Facilities Specialist, at the Maine Department of Education at 207-624-6885 or by email at Ann.Pinnette@Maine.gov.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 105 of the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine.

Written comments may be submitted as follows:

COMMENT DEADLINE:  5:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2011

Mail:

Ann Pinnette
School Facilities Specialist
Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Hand Delivery:

Ann Pinnette
Department of Education
Burton M. Cross State Office Building, 5th Floor
111 Sewall Street
Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

The Department of Education encourages public participation in this rulemaking process.