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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools

                        Elementary and Secondary School Principals

                        Facilities Managers


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:            April 18, 2001


SUBJECT:      Deadline for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, Facilities Management Listserve, Tools for Schools workshops



I am pleased to announce the following opportunities which may be of interest and useful to you and your staff regarding school facilities.


  1. Applications for Federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) will close on May 15, 2001. Applications can be obtained from the Department through Jay Readinger at and information about QZAB’s can be obtained from.  or at .


  1. To aid in the exchange of best practices in school facilities management and to help with the exchange of ideas and questions among school officials, vendors, and Department staff, the School Facilities Team is now sponsoring an email listserve for School Facilities Management. To subscribe to the listserve please send an email to , with no subject, and only the word “subscribe” as the message.


  1. On Monday, April 23, 2001 the Maine Lung Association is presenting an all day workshop introducing the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Tools for Schools” indoor air quality program. This workshop will be held at University of New England, Westbrook College Campus in Portland from 8 AM to 4 PM. To get more information about this program, or to register, contact Norm Anderson at the Maine Lung Association at (207) 622-6394. The Department is proud to co-sponsor this event.


If you have questions about any of these opportunities please contact Jay Readinger at the Department at 624-6886 or via email at