School Renovation Funding Available

The Maine Department of Education is accepting applications to receive funding for school renovation projects through the School Revolving Renovation Fund (SRRF). The application deadline is September 30.

The Department will be able to approve approximately $25 million in SRRF loans. A portion of each loan will be considered a grant, and will be forgiven. The remaining portion will be paid back over either five or ten years with no interest. The maximum loan amount is limited to $1 million per school building, per priority, in any five-year period.

Applications for Priority One and Priority Two projects will be accepted.  Priority One projects include indoor air quality improvement, structural roof repair, hazardous material abatement or removal, ADA compliance upgrades, and other health, safety and compliance renovations.  Priority Two SRRF projects include school building structures, windows and doors, and water and septic systems.  Eligible Priority One projects will receive funding preference over Priority Two projects.

The SRRF application and additional information are available on the Maine DOE’s SRRF website. For more information or technical assistance, please contact Ann Pinnette at 624-6885 or email ann.pinnette@maine.gov.

 

Free School Safety Presentation

I Love You Guys Foundation School Safety Presentation Coming to Maine

What:                 Standard Response Protocols and Standard Reunification Method for schools and districts, and an After Action Review of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.

When:                 31 July 2019- William Cohen Middle School, Bangor.  8:00-12:00

2 August 2019- Windham High School, Windham.  8:00-12:00

Audience:          Maine school superintendents, principals and staff; local first responders; county emergency management agency staff.

Presenter:          Scott Parker, Scott Parker, “I Love You Guys” Certified Trainer for the Standard Response Protocols and Standard Reunification Method; National school safety subject matter expert; supported the development of the Maine Model plan in 2007; certified SRP and SRM Train the Trainer in 2013; has worked with over 20 school districts and academies in Maine; currently working with 8 school districts in Maine.

Cost:                    Free, supported by National School Safety Organization, “I Love You Guys Foundation”

Registration:     Advance registration will be required. Contact: ScottParker.preparedness@gmail.com

Technical Assistance:  A new Update Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method will be available for attendees after this training.

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Registration now open for the 2019 state Custodial and Maintenance Conference

Registration is now open for the 51th Custodial and Maintenance Conference for Maine school custodians and facilities directors.

Location:  Waterville Senior High School, Waterville, Maine

Dates:  Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – Thursday June 27, 2019

2019 Highlights:

  • The Wednesday keynote is motivational speaker Andrew Raycroft, former National Hockey League Goalie and Assistant College Coach
  • The Thursday motivational speaker will be Roseann Sdoia, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
  • Discussions and meeting topics include: school indoor air quality, oil storage tanks and spills, hands on strategies for fields and landscaping, school security and safety, inspections and preventative maintenance for roofs, all-hazards emergency preparedness, floor covering systems, facilities manager certification roundtable, and much more.
  • This year’s conference will include Maine School Integrated Pest Management certification sessions where conference attendees can complete required IPM training delivered by Dr. Kathy Murray from Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • The Annual A. Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence that recognizes the vital role of custodians in facilities and education

Review Draft Agenda

To register and find additional resources including pricing, lodging options, further details about registration, including guest registration, by contacting Jim Reny of Educational Plant Maintenance Association (EPMA) by phone 861-2351 or email jreny8@roadrunner.com .

 

Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine’s A. Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence

The Educational Plant Maintenance Association (EPMA) of Maine is pleased to announce that they are seeking nominations for the A. Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence.Nominations will be accepteduntil June 14, 2019.

We are looking for a custodial/maintenance employee who is recognized for exemplary job performance; is passionate about maintaining and operating your school building to ensure clean, safe and healthy learning and working environments; and serves as a role model for students.  Your nominee will obviously be a dedicated employee who is known for going the extra mile to help students, staff and visitors to the facility.

Nominations will be accepted from school administration, school staff, parents, or school groups.  There is no limit on how many nominations can be submitted.

All nominees and the potential recipients of the A. Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence for 2019 will be notified by June 14th of their status.  The selected nominee (award winner) and the three finalists will be invited to attend the 51st Annual Custodial and Maintenance Conference as our special guest.  Our conference will be held on June 26 – 27, 2019 at Waterville High School in Waterville, Maine.

The 2019 recipient and all the finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony during our closing luncheon on Thursday, June 27th.

The A. Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence recipient will receive a plaque and a $300.00 college scholarship that will be awarded in their name to a deserving graduate in their district.

All Candidates must work in a custodial or maintenance position.

Nominations Must Include The Following.

  • Name and address of candidate
  • SAU name and address
  • Supervisor’s name and address
  • Name and contact information of person nominating
  • Explanation of why this candidate was chosen and what outstanding performance(s) led to the nomination.
  • Any community contribution or activities this person is involved in
  • Three references: name, address and phone number

Send nominations to: Mr. Andrew R Madura, Director of Facilities
 SAD #61-Lake Region Schools
 900 Portland Road
 Bridgton, ME 04009
Email nominations accepted at: andy.madura@lakeregionschools.org

Update on Maine Department of Education’s MLTI Plan- Post June 2020

The Maine Department of Education, through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), has been providing 7th and 8th grade students and teachers access to, and support for, educational technology since 2002. While the goal has remained constant – provide State support for access to technology-enhanced education experiences for all students – the program has changed in many ways, and will continue to grow and evolve in the future. The Department remains committed to this goal.

As many school administrative units (SAUs) are aware, the final contracts for the MLTI program are set to expire on June 30, 2020. Included in the Department’s biennium budget package, which is currently being considered by the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, are funds to support a “bridge year” for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Department is actively working with current vendors to secure agreements for this “bridge year,” which will enable SAUs to maintain existing levels of technology support. The details of these agreements are still being developed, so the following information is very preliminary:

  • SAUs in cohort 4 (lease begun in 2016) for 7th & 8th grade and staff devices will keep their current devices for SY 2020-2021. They will continue to receive the software, wireless networks, technical support, and professional development they have been receiving. After SY 2020-2021, these SAUs will have the option to buy out their devices at the 2015 rates, $28/ iPad and $48/ laptop.
  • SAUs who are currently leasing additional devices (elementary or high school student and staff devices) from the Department will continue to lease those devices from the Department at a reduced cost of $73/ iPad; $118/ laptop. They will continue to receive the software, wireless networks, technical support, and professional development they have been receiving. After SY 2020-2021, these SAUs will have the option to buy out their devices at the 2015 rates, $28/ iPad and $48/ laptop.
  • SAUs who are currently receiving MLTI grants from the Department that are set to expire in June of 2020 will be granted an additional year of the same grant award as the previous 4 years.

The Department would use the additional time afforded by the “bridge year” to meet with stakeholders throughout the state, collecting feedback on what has worked well in the past, as well as innovative ideas about the future of MLTI. Discussions would include topics such as portable computer devices, device management and deployment, software, wireless networking, technical support, and professional development, as well as financial models to support these efforts. The Department would also convene a workgroup to synthesize this information and help to create a plan for the State.

Below is the estimated timeline for MLTI through 2021.

  • May 2019 – August 2020: The Department holds meetings with stakeholders regarding the future of MLTI (post SY 2020-2021) and convenes a workgroup to develop a State plan
  • July 2020 – June 30, 2021: Bridge Year
  • October 2020: The Department announces plan for MLTI post SY 2020-2021 (including the release of any necessary RFPs)
  • July 2021: SAUs have the option to buy out devices; launch of the future MLTI

For more information about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, contact Beth Lambert, beth.lambert@maine.gov, 207-624-6642.