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Policy Code:  DB/EEA


TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Business Managers

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             January 10, 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 last session (first session of the 122nd Maine Legislature) by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs 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 objectives for both the EPS method of funding and this required review of transportation.

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 cost drivers for pupil transportation. The survey was developed in consultation with a group of superintendents, business managers, and transportation directors assembled for that purpose.

The link to the survey is:

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, an MS Word document of the on-line version is available at:

It is imperative that we hear from every school administrative unit to ensure that we have the most current and representative information as we consider any refinements for the EPS transportation model. Please complete the on-line EPS transportation survey by Friday, February 10, 2006.

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 Jim Sloan at , Harvey Boatman at or 624-6884, or Jim Rier at or 624-6790.