Category Archives: Facilities

Turfgrass management workshop

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry would like to remind facilities managers and integrated pest management (IPM) coordinators of the upcoming turfgrass management workshop on July 26. It will take place at Messalonskee High School in Oakland and is free, including lunch. Registration is required.
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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.

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Upcoming facilities conference for school staff

The Maine Department of Education is encouraging superintendents, facilities directors, business managers, maintenance teams and custodial staff to attend the forty-eighth Annual School Facilities Conference at Waterville High School on June 28-29. The conference is free for public school staff; registration is required.

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Schools, Pests, and Pesticides: What superintendents need to know

All public and private schools serving any grades K through 12 are required by State regulations to adopt an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to preventing and controlling pests in buildings and grounds to protect students, staff and visitors from exposure to pesticides and health-threatening pests.

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A discussion about school withdrawals in Androscoggin River Valley

School withdrawals and the financial impact are some of the topics in this month’s two part program called, Today River Valley, a video magazine for the towns of the upper Androscoggin River Valley.

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Federal Tax Credit Bond applications due May 26

The Maine Department of Education will accept applications for the Federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Program through May 26, 2016. The Department currently has $2,898,000 of QZAB allocation to distribute to qualifying schools units.

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School Revolving Renovation Fund awards

Maine DOE has awarded $7.4 million in School Revolving Renovation Fund (SRRF) loans to 13 school districts. The loans will be used to complete 37 health, safety and compliance projects at 21 schools including structural roof repairs, ADA upgrades, and hazardous material removal. A portion of each loan is considered a grant and is forgiven while the remaining balance of the loan is paid back at a zero percent interest rate.

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School construction projects continue to progress

School construction projects in the state are continuing to progress as the Maine DOE School Facilities team works with the 12 highest-rated school systems based on need from the 2010-11 rating cycle.

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Ways to stay safe online

The internet plays a role in much of daily life at school, at work and at home.  October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month with an aim to increase Americans’ understanding of basic cybersecurity practices to stay safe online and the role each of us plays in keeping cyberspace safe and secure.

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Department releases 2016 leased space approvals

The Department has completed its review of FY 2016 leased space applications and posted the results online here.

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