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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 114
POLICY CODE: BA
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: June 8, 2007
RE: Next Steps in the Reorganization Process
The Maine Legislature has passed the two year State budget, including legislation regarding the reorganization of school administrative units. With the debate behind us and the passage of the law, now begins the hard work of implementing the reorganization law. It is, without doubt, an aggressive timetable to which we must all adhere; it is new territory and there will be unforeseen and significant challenges along the way.
I wanted to reach you as quickly as possible to give you a quick summary on what to expect next in this process.
We have been asked about maps, and I’d like to clarify that we are not planning to create new maps. The maps that were created as part of the “suggested model” several weeks ago, at the request of legislative leadership, were based on statutory criteria, which have not changed significantly. Remember that these maps are simply tools to provide a starting point for discussions among local school units; they are not proposed partnerships.
At this time, I encourage you to continue (or start, if you haven’t already) conversations with nearby SAUs about the possibility of regionalizing, and to have conversations within your own community about how best to achieve savings as required in the legislation without adversely affecting our students in the classroom.
Norm and Ray continue to be available to you during the process to help answer your questions and continue your planning. They can be reached at 624-6638.
I look forward to our continued efforts as we work together to implement this new legislation.
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