Additional support for regionalization now available

Earlier this week seven educators participated in the Maine DOE’s orientation and training session to become approved facilitators and consultants for the Department’s EMBRACE regionalization initiatives. The Department is providing regional groups of school administrative units (SAUs) with up to $7,500 in funding for facilitation services delivered by individuals who have met these training expectations.

The facilitators are available by request to provide technical assistance and guidance to regional groups of SAUs during the process of planning and developing regionalization project proposals under the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services (FEDES) Request for Proposal (RFP # 201708145) or to plan the formation of a Regional Service Center, pursuant to MRSA Title 20-A, chapter 123: School Management and Leadership Centers.

The roster of approved facilitators can be found on the EMBRACE Regionalization Information Center. You may request a facilitator by contacting Maine DOE’s Regionalization Project Manager, Jennifer Pooler at

Also in support of the EMBRACE initiatives, the Department hosted an online/telephone Informational Session on the FEDES RFP this week. More than 50 participants asked a wide range of questions during the 45-minute session. Those questions and our responses are being transcribed and will be available early next week on the State of Maine’s Division of Purchases website. You may also download the FEDES RFP (# 201708145) from that website.

The Department is anticipating the release of the Regional Service Center Application Part I, Application Part II, and the accompanying Guidance document by early next week. School district administrators will be notified by Priority Notice when these resources are available.