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To:                   Superintendents of Schools

From:               Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

Date:                March 29, 2006

Subject:            Proposed Rule Amendments, Chapter 61 – Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects

The State Board of Education is proposing amendments to Chapter 61, Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects.  Chapter 61 includes the requirements and process for approval of State-funded major capital school construction projects.

There are a number of amendments in the proposed rule that attempt to clarify the rule and better define the roles of the school unit, the Department of Education, and the State Board of Education.  I encourage you to review the proposed amendments to the rule in order to ensure understanding of the process following adoption of the rule.

A link to the current rule and the proposed amendments are available on line at:    Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Karen Bossie at the Department of Education.  She can be reached by phone at 207/624-6848 or by email at:

A public hearing on these proposed amendments has been scheduled as follows:

                   Wednesday, April 19, 2006
                   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                   Room 103
                   Cross Office Building
                   111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine

The public hearing will also be available via ATM at the following locations:

                   Gorham High School ATM Studio
                   Bangor High School ATM Studio
                   Presque Isle High School ATM Studio

Written comments will be accepted by the Department of Education until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2006. 

Written comments must be directed to the Department of Education as follows:

Mailed to                                                         
Scott Brown, Director                                     
School Facilities Services
Department of Education                     
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0023                              


Hand Delivered to
Note:  No Saturday or Sunday hand delivery
Scott Brown, Director
School Facilities Services
Department of Education
111 Sewall Street
Augusta, ME

The State Board of Education and the Department of Education encourage public participation in this rulemaking process.