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Maine DOE Update – July 7, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

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 $10 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.

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105th Commissioner’s Conference draws education leaders

The Maine Department of Education welcomed education leaders from across the state last week at the 105th Annual Commissioner’s Conference. | More

Secure your seat now for the 2016 Summer Literacy Institute

The Maine Department of Education’s literacy team is conducting one-day workshops in August to support Maine educators as they continue to develop proficiency systems in their schools. | More

Summer data training dates

The Maine Department of Education would like to remind you of the importance and value of participating in the 2016 summer data training. | More

Maine’s certification process: A precise, manual review

Maine’s certification statutes and rules, administered by the Department of Education’s certification team, apply to approximately 97,000 individuals in Maine who seek to work in Maine schools. | More

Summer meals programs expand in Maine

Child nutrition programs at the Maine Department of Education have been working hard to close the “hunger gap” experienced over the summer months through the USDA’s Summer Food Rocks food distribution program. | More

Math teaching improves for students with disabilities

The Maine Department of Education provided three of its five days of intensive Foundations of Math training last month. | More

Making a Difference through Schoolsite Health Promotion and Wellness Programs

The Maine Department of Education hosted the 2016 Maine School Wellness Summit,  Inspiring the Future!, at Bates College on June 22 and 23. | More

School transportation: improving safety, reducing costs

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with Transfinder and Core Education and Consulting, is helping school districts that use transportation operations analyses improve fleet safety while reducing operations costs. | More

Drinking water protection seminar: save the date

The Water Resources Committee of the Maine Water Utilities Association is presenting the 10th Annual Drinking Water Protection Seminar Thursday, September 1. | More

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Making a Difference through Schoolsite Health Promotion and Wellness Programs

The Maine Department of Education hosted the 2016 Maine School Wellness Summit, Inspiring the Future!, at Bates College on June 22 and 23. Just over 100 participants representing 43 school administrative units and seven school-supporting organizations joined the conference.

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105th Commissioner’s Conference draws education leaders

The Maine Department of Education welcomed education leaders from across the state last week at the 105th Annual Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents in Bangor. The topics of this year’s annual conference included the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), inequity that poverty creates in schools, school turnaround, and more.

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Drinking water protection seminar: save the date

The Water Resources Committee of the Maine Water Utilities Association is presenting the 10th Annual Drinking Water Protection Seminar Thursday, September 1 at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. This year’s theme is “It’s Not Just Lead and Copper; It’s Customer Engagement.”

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Summer data training dates

The following information was shared on June 9, but due to low enrollment in these training seminars, the Maine Department of Education would like to remind you of the importance and value of participating in the 2016 summer data training. Continue reading

Math teaching improves for students with disabilities

The Maine Department of Education provided three of its five days of intensive Foundations of Math training last month to some 30 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas. The rest of the training will take place in early August. The training is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” special education initiative, designed to improve math achievement for Maine students with disabilities.

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Secure your seat now for the 2016 Summer Literacy Institute

The Maine Department of Education’s literacy team is conducting one-day workshops in August to support Maine educators as they continue to develop proficiency systems in their schools. Sessions will focus on development of effective routines and strategies that have the greatest impact on student achievement.

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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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Summer meals programs expand in Maine

Child nutrition programs at the Maine Department of Education have been working hard to close the “hunger gap” experienced over the summer months through the USDA’s Summer Food Rocks food distribution program. Several new summer programs kicked off in June, reaching a total of 400 meal sites across the state supervised by 120 sponsors.

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Maine’s certification process: A precise, manual review

Maine’s certification statutes and rules, administered by the Department of Education’s certification team, apply to approximately 97,000 individuals in Maine who seek to work in Maine schools. The processing of applications is still a manual process, though the Department is working to transition to an electronic system within the next 18 months.

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