Category Archives: Administrative Letters

Official correspondence. Letters from before July 1, 2010, are in the archive.

Admin Letter: Special Purpose Private School Tuition Rates

Administrative Letter Number: 5
Policy Code: BG/CH
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers/Bookkeepers
From: William H. Beardsley, Deputy Commissioner
Date: October 24, 2016
Re: Special Purpose Private School Tuition Rates

Pursuant to 20-A M.R.S. §7302, the Maine Department of Education Special Services team has established rates for the 2017 state fiscal year.

Special purpose private schools shall only bill for education costs for those days when a child is in attendance.

These rates are retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year. Rates were determined by analyzing expenditure report budgets submitted for the previous year for all special purpose private schools and represent the maximum amount each special purpose private school may charge per day.  Please click here to view a PDF version of the current complete rate chart. If there are further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact:  Edward Fournier, Coordinator of Finance and Data – Special Services, at edward.fournier@maine.gov or 624-6845 or  Jonathan Braff, Coordinator for State Agency Clients, at jonathan.braff@maine.gov or 624-6671.

Use of federal funds to provide food or beverages

Administrative Letter: 4
Policy Code: KLM
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers, Directors of Special Education
From: William H. Beardsley, Acting Commissioner
Date: January 13, 2016
Re: Use of Federal Funds to Provide Food or Beverages

The Maine Department of Education has received a number of questions regarding the use of federal funds to provide food and beverages at meetings and conferences. Generally, the use of federal funds for food and beverages is discouraged. The documents posted at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/gposbul/gposbul.html are the federal government’s advisory on this topic.

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Correction to Administrative Letter #2 2015 – Special purpose private school tuition rates

Administrative Letter Number: 2
Policy Code: BG/CH
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers/Bookkeepers
From: William H. Beardsley, Acting Commissioner
Date: January 13, 2016
Re: Correction to Administrative Letter #2 2015 – Special Purpose Private School Tuition Rates

The MUSER citation and following explanatory text of the second paragraph of Administrative Letter #2 for 2015 is incorrect.

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Public school approval report

Administrative Letter Number: 3
Policy Code: CL
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers/Bookkeepers
From: William H. Beardsley, Acting Commissioner
Date: November 5, 2015
Re: Public School Approval Report

The Public School  Approval Report is due Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

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Special purpose private school tuition rates

Administrative Letter Number: 2
Policy Code: BG/CH
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers/Bookkeepers
From: William H. Beardsley, Acting Commissioner
Date: November 5,  2015
Re: Special Purpose Private School Tuition Rates

Pursuant to Title 20-A, Chapter 303, subchapter 3§7302, the Maine Department of Education Special Services team has authorized rates for the 2016 state fiscal year.

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Clarification of pilot year for PEPG systems

Administrative Letter: 1
Policy Code: BGE
To: Superintendents
From: Chief Academic Officer, Rachelle Tome
Date: November  5,  2015
Re: Clarification of Pilot Year for PEPG Systems

In an effort to further clarify the expectations of ME Dept. of Education Regulation, Chapter 180 and the Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) development process the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) is offering this guidance for all Maine School Administrative Units (SAUs).  It is important to remember the 2015-2016 is the pilot year for all districts to develop and adjust their PEPG systems. Public Law 2015, Chapter 18 changed the pilot year. This bill was effective April 12, 2015.

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Maine DOE offering PEPG development grants to SAUs

The following priority notice was sent today to all Maine school districts.

In an effort to support school administrative units (SAUs) develop their PEPG systems, the Maine DOE is proud to offer grants of $4,600 for the purpose of PEPG professional development. To receive these targeted funds, SAUs must complete the PEPG Implementation Grant Application and respond to the Department’s Intent to Pilot survey (released in June) by Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Reminder to districts: Suicide awareness and prevention training

The following priority notice was sent today to superintendents as a reminder all school personnel must complete suicide awareness and prevention training by the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Dear Superintendents,

Ensuring the safety of our students is a priority and a shared responsibility. Suicide awareness and prevention efforts are a part of safeguarding schools. To increase the potential of recognizing a student (or colleague) is in need of assistance, Maine passed the school-based suicide awareness and prevention law (LD 609, PL 53, DOE Rule Chapter 38) in April 2013.

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Data reports deadline extensions and reminders

The following Priority Notice was sent to transportation directors on Thursday, July 30.

Dear Transportation Directors and Business Managers,

The following data reports have upcoming deadlines and/or extensions.

For policy questions regarding EF-T-21 and EF-T-24, contact Transportation and Facilities Administrator Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov.

For policy questions related to the EF-M-43, contact School Finance Coordinator Paula Gravelle at paula.b.gravelle@maine.gov.

For assistance with access to the NEO data system, contact the Maine DOE MEDMS Helpdesk at medms.helpdesk@maine.gov.

Thank you for your attention to these dates.

Sincerely,

Pat Hinckley, Transportation and Facilities Administrator
Maine Department of Education

Additional State subsidy

The following Priority Notice was sent to superintendents and business managers on Thursday, July 30.

Dear Superintendents and Business Managers,

With the recent passage of the biennial budget, many school districts in Maine saw an increase in the amount of subsidy that they will receive from the State. We thought this would be a good time to explain some of the laws regarding how these additional funds can be used.

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