Streamlining the Basic School Approval Process; New Release Date May 1, 2019

Based on feedback from schools and districts around the state over the past year, the Department is working hard to bring school administrative units a leaner and more streamlined school approval process.

Toward this end, the Department is planning to implement a number of enhancements in the NEO Portal to make school approval more user-friendly and less burdensome for the next year. These enhancements are targeted to be ready for an earlier release date for the NEO Maine Schools / School Approval module, to May 1, 2019. The earlier release date will facilitate the fall preparation of Essential Programs and Services funding, which requires extra time for collection and validation of student enrollment beginning with the September 1 school startup. Further guidance will be forthcoming as the NEO Maine Schools / School Approval module is revised and released for FY2020.

For further information about the School Approval Process, please contact Maine DOE School Enrollment Specialist, Pamela Ford-Taylor at or 207- 624-6617.