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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER:  28
POLICY CODE:  DB
                                                           

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             April 21, 2006

RE:                  Enacted General Purpose Aid for Local Schools (GPA) Funding for FY 2006-07

2006-07 Subsidy Information as of April 19, 2006

The enclosed subsidy printout (ED 281) for your unit(s) is based on the Chapter 519 enacted budget and includes the following proposed items that may require legislative action:

The amounts on the subsidy printouts (ED 281) are based on the Essential Programs and Services Model and the Mill Expectation Formula pursuant to 20-A MRSA Chapter 606-B as amended by Chapter 519.  The State share is based on the level of the funding for 2006-07, $914,098,222, enacted into law in Chapter 519, Part J.

The Minimum Teacher Salary Adjustment on line 59 has been removed pending the Legislature’s consideration of L.D. 1381.

School administrative unit 2006-07 budgets and warrant articles should be based on 20-MRSA Section 15690.

A summary of the education funding highlights is provided below:

The proposed General Purpose Aid for Education (GPA) for FY 2006-07 is $914,098,222 – this represents an additional appropriation of $41,295,278.

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

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

 

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FACT SHEET
For use with ENACTED FY 2006-07 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). 

2006-07 Estimate Subsidy Printout (ED281) Amounts:

The enclosed subsidy printout (ED 281) for your unit(s) is based on the Governor’s proposed budget and includes the following proposed items that may require legislative action:

The following additional points should be noted:

Category

K-8 Per Pupil Amount

9- 12 Per Pupil Amount

System Administration

$349

$346

Operation & Maintenance of Plant

$929

$1104

Supplies and Equipment

$302

$418

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

$29

$99

Professional Development

$51

$51

Instructional Leadership Support

$20

$20

Category

K-8 Per Pupil Amount

9- 12 Per Pupil Amount

Student Assessment

$79

$79

Technology Resource

$85

$258