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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 29

POLICY CODE:   DB                                                        

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:              April 14, 2005

RE:                   Enacted General Purpose Aid for Local Schools (GPA) Funding for FY 2005-06

On Thursday, March 31, 2005 Governor Baldacci signed the State’s biennial budget into law, P.L. 2005, Chapter 12.  Enclosed with this letter is a subsidy printout (ED 281) for your unit(s) based on the passage of P.L. 2005, Chapter 2 (L.D. #1), P.L. 2005, Chapter 12 (L.D. 468) and P.L. 2003, Chapter 712 (L.D. #1924).  

The amounts on the subsidy printouts (ED 281) are based on the new Essential Programs and Services Model and the Mill Expectation Formula that was passed in the last session of the Legislature (Chapter 712) and as revised by P.L. 2005, Chapter 2 and Chapter 12.   The State shares on these printouts are based on the level of the funding for 2005-06 appropriated in the State’s biennial budget.

The enclosed subsidy printouts now include a new first page that provides the calculation of the EPS per-pupil rates for those units that operate schools.   Additional information regarding the calculation of EPS Special Education Allocations and EPS Transportation Allocations are available on the Department of Education’s EPS web site at:   http://www.maine.gov/education/data/eps/epsmenu.htm

School administrative unit 2005-06 budgets and warrant articles should be based on the provisions of P.L. 2005, Chapter 2 (L.D. #1) as revised by P.L. 2005, Chapter 12 (L.D. #468), Part WW.   The revised articles are available on the Department of Education’s Report Forms web site at:   http://www.maine.gov/education/forms/MISTeam/EFM46/46menu.htm

A summary of the education funding highlights is provided below:

T he General Purpose Aid for Education (GPA) appropriation for FY 2005-06 is $837,453,898 and the appropriation for FY 2006-07 is $886,354,276.   The Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services appropriation for FY 2005-06 is included in the General Purpose Aid for Education appropriation and will be use to fund a portion of the transitions adjustments; the appropriation for FY 2006-07 is $6,194,152.

The 2005-06 transition adjustments that are included in the subsidy printout are pursuant to P.L. 2005, Chapter 12, Part UU which amends P.L. 2005, Chapter 2, resulting in the following transition adjustments:

The EPSAllocations include the total of Operating Allocation, Other Subsidizable Costs, and Debt Service Costs defined as follows:

P.L. 2005, Chapter 12, Part UU-8 includes the following language regarding the allocation of targeted funds for technology, assessment and costs of education for kindergarten to grade 2 in fiscal year 2005-06:

Sec. UU-8.   Allocation of targeted funds for technology, assessment and costs of education for kindergarten to grade 2 in fiscal year 2005-06.   For fiscal year 2005-06, each school administrative unit must receive targeted allocations for technology, assessment and costs of education for kindergarten to grade 2 in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15671, subsection 6.   School administrative units shall make every effort to use these targeted allocations for the purposes for which they were provided, however school administrative units may not be penalized for not adhering explicitly to the intent of the targeted funds in fiscal year 2005-06.   Each school administrative unit must submit a plan for the use of targeted funds for both fiscal years 2005-06 and 2006-07 by January 15, 2006 for approval of the plans by the Commissioner of Education.   The commissioner shall provisionally adopt rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15687 that establish the requirements for school administrative unit plans and the use of targeted funds for technology, assessment and costs of education for kindergarten to grade 2 in accordance with Title 20-A, section 15671, subsection 6 and Title 20-A, section 15681 no later than December 2, 2005 so that the Legislature may consider these rules during the Second Regular Session of the 122nd Legislature.

The State Share includes adjustments for debt service, per 20-A MRSA Section 15689, 84% special education based on the EPS special education model, and minimum State allocation.   The “Fact Sheet” included with this letter includes estimated subsidy and data that has been updated and corrected.

For questions regarding estimates, please contact Jim Rier, Suzan Cameron or Joanne Allen of the Management Information Systems Team by email to jim.rier@maine.gov , suzan.cameron@maine.gov or joanne.allen@maine.gov


FACT SHEET

For use with ESTIMATED FY 2005-06 subsidy amounts

            Please use the following notes to analyze your school unit’s subsidy estimate(s):

Please, keep in mind the power of the variables of State valuation, student enrollment, and the overall amount of GPA recommended.   For your unit(s), subsidy is largely determined by these trends.   In general, if a unit’s pupil count decreases from one year to the next, then its GPA amount will decline (assuming all other factors remain unchanged).   Current statute, which provides for averaging pupil counts over six (6) census points if there is a decline in the number of pupils, will help soften this impact.   Similarly, if a unit’s State valuation amount increases from one year to the next, then its GPA State share amount will also decline (again assuming all other factors remain unchanged).  

2005-06 Estimate Subsidy Printout (ED281) Amounts:

             The following additional points should be noted:

 

Category

K-8 Per Pupil Amount

9- 12 Per Pupil Amount

System Administration

$341

$338

Operation & Maintenance of Plant

$907

$1078

Supplies and Equipment

$295

$408

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

$28

$97

Professional Development

$50

$50

Instructional Leadership Support

$20

$20

 

Category

K-8 Per Pupil Amount

9- 12 Per Pupil Amount

Student Assessment

$100

$100

Technology Resource

$83

$252