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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER:  37

POLICY CODE:  DB/EEA

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Business Managers

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             June 28, 2006

RE:                  Essential Programs and Services (EPS) Transportation Funding Model Review

            The Department of Education, in cooperation with the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI), was charged by the Legislature’s Education Committee during the first session of the 122nd Legislature with reviewing the EPS transportation funding model and making recommendations for any enhancements to the model.  EPS model quality and an appropriate level of funding for all school units would continue to be the overall objective of the EPS method of funding.  Thus we are asking once again for your assistance.

            The data being requested is for the 2004-05 school year and will be used to help determine if a modification may be necessary in the EPS transportation model to more accurately reflect the costs for pupil transportation.  The attached survey was developed in consultation with a group of superintendents, business managers, and transportation directors assembled for that purpose.
           
If you have completed and submitted the survey, we thank you, and please know that your survey responses will become part of the review.  If you have not submitted a completed survey we ask you to do so by going to this web link: 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=499091609444

            In your preparation of the data for the survey, if it is helpful to have a printed copy of the survey questions before you start, a MS Word doc of the online version is available at:

http://www.maine.gov/education/edletrs/2006/adlet/06adlet037survey.rtf

            It is imperative that we hear from every school administrative unit to ensure that we have the most current information for any refinements that may be considered for the EPS transportation model.  Please complete the online EPS transportation survey by Monday, July 31, 2006 to insure your transportation data is considered in the analysis and review.

            Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.  The information is vital to the ongoing development of an EPS transportation model that accurately and appropriately identifies the costs of pupil transportation for all school units.

            If you have questions or comments please contact Harvey Boatman at harvey.boatman@maine.gov or 624-6884, Jim Rier at jim.rier@maine.gov or 624-6790, or Jim Sloan at jsloan@usm.maine.edu