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Regional Service Centers
As part of Maine’s plan for putting students first, the Maine Department of Education is focused on improving educational services and increasing student achievement through innovative regional partnerships.
As a result of the passage of the biennial budget and the end of the 128th Legislative Session, new opportunities are now available to provide support for regional efforts that will improve opportunity and access for Maine students by economizing on and maximizing educational services.
To view regionalization initiatives by location, including RSCs, and both rounds of EMBRACE grants, click on the EMBRACE Regionalization Google Interactive Map.
Information on Regional Service Centers
- MRS Title 20-A, Chapter 123: School Management and Leadership Centers (PDF, 271 KB)
- Chapter 123 At A Glance (PDF, 271KB)
- Guidance (FAQ) on Regional Service Centers (PDF, 146KB, Updated 07/23/18) - A document of questions and Maine DOE's responses. This will be updated as necessary.
Moving forward, regional groups are encouraged to move at their own pace as there is not a set application timeline. There are two dates, however, that are set.
- November 30 in the year prior to becoming operational - all new Regional Service Centers members must receive local voter approval
- July 1 - Operational date of new Regional Service Center
- Online Application Part I
- Application Part I - as a Word document for downloading and using as a working draft (240KB)
- Online Application Part II
Facilitators and Legal Cost Reimbursement
Up to $3,000 is available per regional group to assist with the cost of funding facilitation services and legal costs. SAUs can request these funds by completing the Facilitator Request Form which will initiate the contracting process.
Facilitators are available by request to provide technical assistance and guidance to regional groups of SAUs during the process of planning and developing regionalization project proposals.
To request reimbursement for facilitator fees:
Costs for legal services related to the planning and development of a regionalization project proposal are reimbursable by the Department of Education. The request for reimbursement must be made by the member entity who holds the contract for facilitation and legal cost reimbursement on behalf of the regionalization project proposal applicants.
To request reimbursement for legal costs: