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TO:††††††††††††††††† Superintendents of Schools


FROM:†††††††††††† J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:†††††††††††† September 12, 2001


RE:†††††††††††††††††† FY 2002-2003 GEOGRAPHIC ISOLATION GRANT


††††††††††† Any school administrative unit wishing to apply for consideration to be classified as geographically isolated must submit the enclosed form, EF-M-241, by October 15 of the prior fiscal year.† A copy of this form is available from the Department of Educationís homepage at if you wish to apply for geographic isolation status in FY 2002-2003.


††††††††††† The relevant portion of the rule is as follows:


Section 3.Application for Geographic Isolation Status


A.††† Each school administrative unit must apply for consideration to be classified as a geographically isolated unit.The application for geographic isolation status shallinclude all documentation that is necessary for a review of the request.This application must be received at the Department by October 15th, in order to receive adjustments for the following fiscal year.


B.††† Each school administrative unit that has been approved for geographic isolation status must annually submit to the Department, no later October 15th of each year, a letter which either(1) affirms that the geographic isolation conditions of the school administrative unit have not changed since the prior year, or (2) details the specific changes that might affect the rating of the unit for the next year.


††††††††††† Please note that if you have already been approved for geographic isolation status in a prior year, it is not necessary to fill out the EF-M-241 again.If you have obtained prior geographic isolation status, you only need to send us a letter as explained in section 3(B) of the rule.The rule pertaining to the requirements for eligibility for the grant can be located at the following world-wide web


††††††††††† Return the application or letter to Suzan Cameron in the Management Information Systems Team, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME04333-0023.If you have any questions about geographic isolation, please call Suzan at 624-6790.