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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:        143

POLICY CODE:                 IHAJ

TO :                 Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Business Managers, and Technology Coordinators

FROM:            Susan A.  Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             May 15, 2006

SUBJECT:       Update: Maine Learning Technology Initiative Device Buyout

The initial steps of the MLTI Device Buyout are complete. An overwhelming number of SAUs chose to purchase their existing MLTI device deployments. The Department is excited to see that so many laptop computers (over 30,000) will be staying within the educational community in Maine.

Later this week, on May 18, the MLTI Project team will publish a list of the remaining available MLTI devices. If your SAU is looking to purchase more devices in order to increase access to technology in your schools, we hope that this opportunity will meet your needs. I want to remind you that this additional sale is intended to allow your SAU to expand its access to educational technology. The Maine Legislature did not intend this opportunity for SAUs to purchase devices to be an avenue for SAUs to profit financially by selling them at a higher price than paid for in the buyout.

Many SAUs have expressed interest in these devices as a way of providing enhanced access to educational technology for their students and educators. Let’s work together to ensure that this opportunity is available to as many students and educators as possible.