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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             April 28, 2004


RE:                   Proposed Rule Amendments


The State Board of Education is proposing amendments to Chapter 61, Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects.  Chapter 61 includes the requirements for approval of state-supported major capital school construction, and covers school sites, priorities for state-supported projects, building design, and funding.


There are two (2) proposed amendments to the language of this chapter: [1] a definition of “Substantially Renovated” to be added to Section 1, and [2] a new paragraph 6 to be added to Section 9, Design Development. 


The addition of paragraph 6 in Section 9 represents the State Board of Education’s response to a law approved by the Legislature in 2003 (Public Law Chapter 497) that instructs the State Board of Education to adopt, by July 1, 2004, rules that minimize “long–term energy and operating costs…”, “include an energy–use target that exceeds by at least 20% the energy efficiency standards in effect for commercial and institutional buildings pursuant to Title 10, section 1415-D...”, and also include “a life-cycle cost analysis that explicitly considers costs and benefits over a minimum of 30 years and… includes the public health and environmental benefits associated with energy-efficient building design and construction …”.


Links to the current rule and the proposed amendments are available on line at:  


Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Karen Bossie at the Department of Education.  She can be reached by phone at 207/624-6848 or by e-mail at:  Karen.L.Bossie@Maine.Gov


A public hearing has not been scheduled relative to the proposed amendments.  However, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, written comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2004.  The State Board of Education and the Department of Education encourage public participation in the process.