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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:             Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             September 13, 2004


RE:                   FY 2005-2006 GEOGRAPHIC ISOLATION ADJUSTMENT


            Any school administrative unit wishing to apply for consideration to be classified as geographically isolated for the 2005-06 school year must submit the Geographic Isolation Status Application form (EF-M-241) by October 15, 2004.    The Geographic Isolation Status Application form is available from the Department of Education's homepage at:


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 Geographic Isolation State Application (EF-M-241) again.  If you have obtained prior geographic isolation status, you only need to send us a letter as described in Section 3(B) of Maine Department of Education Regulation 27 (Rules for Determining Geographic Isolation Status).  The complete rules pertaining to the requirements for eligibility for the geographic isolation adjustment can be located at the following web address:


            Section 3 of the rule, in relevant part, 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 shall include 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 adjustment funds 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 than 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 return the application or letter to Suzan Cameron, Management Information Systems Team, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0023 or fax to (207) 624-6791.  If you have any questions about geographic isolation, please contact Suzan Cameron at 624-6790 or email at