Notice of Proposed Rule Change: Chapter 61, Major Capital School Construction

The proposed amendments for Chapter 61, “Rules for Major Capital School Construction,” which is a State Board of Education rule, makes no significant changes. It is strictly to clarify and bring consistency throughout the 34-page rule. The existing rule has been modified many times over the years by State Board members and Department of Education staff, and a thorough review is necessary.

Chapter 61 governs the expenditure of millions of Maine taxpayers’ dollars in support of safe and effective schools that support the demands of 21st-century education. Extensive needs for improved education facilities across the state make it imperative that the rules be kept clear, current and supportive of the state’s education goals. The Department and the Construction Committee of the State Board of Education have worked jointly to propose modifications to Chapter 61.

The proposed rule is available online at:

A public hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 541 of the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine.

Written comments may be submitted via email to or via mail to:

Scott Brown, Director of School Construction Programs
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

COMMENT DEADLINE:  3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

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