Maine public schools invited to participate in new application cycle
Augusta – Maine public schools wishing to participate in the new application cycle for major capital construction projects can now download the application from the Maine Department of Education’s website.
The direct link to the application is: http://www.maine.gov/doe/facilities/documents/application2017-18.docx.
The application will be due to the Department by April 14, 2017.
A new application cycle enables Maine public schools to apply for state support in order to undertake a major renovation or addition project, or to build a new facility.
If a school applied during the last cycle in 2010-2011, they will need to reapply if they wish to be included in this application cycle.
The Department will review completed applications and create a “needs-based” initial priority list, to be followed by the creation of a final priority list and an approved projects list. The entire application and review process is expected to take about two years and is governed by Chapter 61 of Department of Education and State Board of Education joint rules.
Questions about the application should be directed to Scott Brown, Maine DOE’s Director of School Construction, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and answers that are applicable to the process will be posted online at: http://www.maine.gov/doe/facilities/construction/ in an effort to provide all schools the same information.
Media inquiries should be directed to Jamie Logan, Maine DOE’s Communications Director, at email@example.com or at 624-6747.
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