Statement of Maintenance of Equity
The Maine Department of Education created an interdepartmental team which includes team members from the Offices of School Finance and of Data and Reporting, and the Office of Federal Emergency Relief Programs to identify non-excepted school administrative units (SAUs). This team validates student enrollments, school structures, and economically disadvantage percentages to identify high poverty schools within non-excepted SAUs. The list of non-excepted SAUs is below.
The Office of Federal Emergency Relief will provide one-on-one technical assistance to SAUs that are not excepted from the LEA-level maintenance of equity requirements. The technical assistance will provide detailed information about the maintenance of equity requirements, support for using a tool developed by the interdepartmental team to calculate maintenance of equity, and accurate data sources. If an SAU can certify it has not and will not implement an aggregate reduction in combined State and local per pupil funding for fiscal year 2022, appendix B must be submitted to the Maine Department of Education by July 6, 2022. The Maine Department of Education will maintain this documentation.
List of non-excepted SAUs FY'22:
|Auburn Public Schools||RSU 10||RSU 52|
|Augusta Public Schools||RSU 13||RSU 54|
|Bangor Public Schools||RSU 14||RSU 60|
|Gorham Public Schools||RSU 15||RSU 61|
|Lewiston Public Schools||RSU 16||RSU 71|
|Portland Public Schools||RSU 17||RSU 75|
|RSU 1||RSU 18||Saco Public Schools|
|RSU 2||RSU 21||Sanford Public Schools|
|RSU 3||RSU 22||Scarborough Public Schools|
|RSU 5||RSU 38||Westbrook Public Schools|
|RSU 6||RSU 40|
|RSU 9||RSU 49|
The Maine Department of Education fulfilled state level maintenance of equity requirements by adjusting the June 2022 payments to the very few SAUs that needed adjustment to maintain state-level equity. For more information, contact the Office of Federal Emergency Relief Programs (OFERP), Maine Department of Education. A list of Program Coordinators and Office Director are listed on the OFERP webpage.
SAU and Maine School Data FY22 (revised November 2, 2022)