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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools


FROM:           Susan Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:            October 14, 2003


RE:                 Contracts to provide opportunities for Community Service and Related Services for Expelled and Suspended Youth


                                    Request for Proposals


The Maine Department of Education announces the availability of funding under the Safe and Drug Free School and Communities Act to provide community service and related services for expelled and suspended students. Eligible applicants are School Administrative Units, Community Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, and Public or Private Non-Profit Entities. A copy of the application is available on the Department of Education website at


Application Information

Available funding is $498,375 for 2003-2004.

The estimated number of contract awards is six (6).

Grant funding is for one (1) year.

Application deadline is November 7, 2003 at 2 pm.


One signed original and three (3) sealed copies of the proposal must be clearly marked with the bidder's return address and the notation: "Proposal: (Community Service for expelled & suspended Youth)" and delivered to the Division of Purchases, Burton M. Cross Building - 4th Floor, State House Station 9, Augusta, ME 04333-0009 no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on November 7, 2003, at which time and place they will be opened. Please note that only proposals actually received and date stamped at the Division of Purchases prior to the stated time will be considered; bidders submitting proposals by mail are responsible for allowing adequate time for delivery. Proposals received after the 2:00 p.m. deadline will be rejected, without exception.


For application information, please contact:

Shelley Reed, Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0023; E-mail; Phone 207-624-6637; Fax 207-624-6700.