Maine DOE Hosts Meeting of Regional Service Center Executive Directors

The Maine Department of Education recently hosted the 9 regional service center (RSC) executive directors in the inaugural meeting of RSC statewide leadership. Representatives from each RSC participated in the meeting led by the Maine Department of Education’s EMBRACE team.

The meeting provided opportunities for:

  • Discussing a framework for continued state-level support for RSCs
  • Creating a professional cohort of RSC Executive Directors
  • Questions and answers from Maine DOE staff and each other
  • Gaining a statewide perspective on RSC implementation, organizational development, activities, and services

Maine DOE outlined the data points the regional service center will report in the first year of operation, in addition to the following:

  • Define the RSC goals
  • Define how the RSC will measure year 1 success
  • Provide financial reports
  • Detail specific elements of state-level support needed

Regional Service Center executive directors shared their RSC’s activities. It was noted that RSCs are in varying stages of development; some are further along because the regional collaboration is a continuation of efforts already in place.

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Ben Sirois, Superintendent of MSAD 27 & Executive Director of Valley Unified RSC updates other RSC Executive Directors

Some highlights include:

  • In 2015-16 Valley Unified’s RSC (prior to becoming an RSC) began working on their comprehensive regional strategic plan, which allowed them to be well-positioned to apply for Maine DOE’s EMBRACE I and II grant funding opportunities. Most recently the RSC was approved for an integrated, consolidated 9-16 facilities project.
  • In southern Maine, the Greater Sebago Education Alliance RSC is developing, among their many services, resources for a leadership academy in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, and developing resources for English Learners diversity training and intake procedures.

For more information on statewide regionalization initiatives visit the EMBRACE Regionalized Programs and Services webpages or contact the EMBRACE team Regionalization Specialists Jennifer Pooler at jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov or Deb Lajoie at deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions to Rule Chapter 122 (Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services); Public Hearing on November 14, 2018

This notice is one of four priority notices being sent to district and school administrators on 10/24/18 regarding proposed major substantive rules that have been filed with the secretary of the State of Maine on this day (Rule Chapters: 101, 115, 122 and 132). Please share this notice with all interested parties.

The Maine Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding proposed revisions to Rule Chapter 122, Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services.

The proposed revisions will:

  • Provide clarification by connecting language in rule to Title 20-A M.R.S. §2651
  • Correct statutory citations throughout
  • Provide clarification on project design, objectives, and sustainability
  • Revise programmatic criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Add budget criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Include clarification regarding consensus scoring
  • Refine the method of scoring proposals
  • Provide clarification regarding the eligibility for subsequent grants
  • Rename the Division of Purchases the Division of Procurement Services

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 122 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 122:
November 14, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, room 501.
People wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of their comments. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments.

Comment Period Deadline: 5 pm on November 26th, 2018.

Comments can be submitted to jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov and deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov with the subject “Chapter 122 – Comments” or mailed to Maine Department of Education, Attn: Jennifer Pooler/Deb Lajoie, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

For more information on proposed changes to Rule 122, contact Regionalization Project Manager Jennifer Pooler at Jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov or Regionalization Coordinator Deb Lajoie at Deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov.

Regional Contacts for Regionalization Grants and RSCs

The Maine Department of Education is focused on improving educational services, increasing student achievement, and creating efficiencies through creative regional partnerships.

As we work together with local districts to help facilitate regional efforts, the Maine DOE frame these efforts under an overarching program called EMBRACE: Enabling Maine students to benefit from regional and coordinated approaches to education.

In our effort to provide the highest level of service to Maine schools and to help focus conversations, visions, and goals that improve education for all Maine students, two members of our staff will specialize in specific superintendent regions for regional service center, EEOG and FEDES grants.

Jennifer Pooler, the Department’s Regionalization Project Manager, will focus on the following superintendent’s regions:
  • Cumberland
  • Kennebec
  • Mid-Coast
  • Penquis
  • Washington
Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov or 624-6783.

Deb Lajoie, the Department’s Regionalization Coordinator, will focus on the following superintendent’s regions:
  • Aroostook
  • Hancock
  • Western Maine
  • York
Deb can be reached at Deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov or 624-6613.

Reminder: FEDES regional grant proposals due Nov. 7

The Maine DOE is reminding interested parties that proposals for grant funding offered through the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Education Services (FEDES – RFP#201806118), are due on November 7, 2018.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, by email, to Proposals@maine.gov, no later than 4:00 pm, local time. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ email address by the deadline will not be considered for the grant award.

This is the third round of regional grant opportunities offered as part of the Maine DOE’s EMBRACE Regionalized Programs and Services initiatives.

The RFP, amendment, questions and responses from the Information Session, and questions and their responses received during the Question and Answer period can be downloaded from the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services website under RFP# 201806118.

For more information, contact Regionalization Project Manager and FEDES RFP Coordinator Jennifer Pooler at 624-6783 or Jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov.

 

Updates on the RFP for the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services (FEDES)

Last week the State of Maine issued RFP#201806118, which offers a grant funding opportunity through the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services (FEDES). An amendment to the RFP was posted on the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services website that includes additional requirements regarding applicant eligibility for subsequent grants under FEDES in accordance with Maine DOE Rule Chapter 122, Section 6, 2.

As a reminder, the Department will sponsor an online/telephone Information Session for the RFP on July 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM:

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, via e-mail, to the following email address: Proposals@maine.gov. Proposal submissions must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm, local time, on November 7, 2018, when they will be opened. Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ email address by the deadline will not be considered for the grant award.

All questions, answers, and a summary from the Information Session will be available on the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services website under RFP# 201806118 following the Information Session.