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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and Selected Private School Administrators

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner 

DATE:             February 7, 2006

RE:                   Use of Private School Activity Buses By Private Schools Receiving Public Funds

            Questions have arisen regarding the use of private school activity buses by private schools approved for tuition purposes which are currently receiving public funds.  Maine law (29-A M.R.S.A. 2301(2)) defines a private school activity bus as "a privately owned motor vehicle with a carrying capacity of 10 to 15 passengers that is not operated with public funds and that is used by a private school to transport students other than to and from home and school." 
            As Maine law does not require that private schools receiving public tuition funds allocate those monies to any particular activity or expense, it is the Department's view that a private school that receives public funds may use private school activity buses so long as no public funds are put towards the operation of those vehicles. 

            If you have any additional questions about this matter, please contact Harvey Boatman at 624-6884 or

            Thank you.