The Maine Department of Education's Office of School Facilities works to ensure that all Maine students have access to healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate facilities.
School facilities have a direct impact on student performance. Providing students with a high quality learning environment helps to ensure they are able to receive the education they need to reach their greatest level of achievement.
The Maine DOE provides financial and technical support, and administers a variety of programs to assist Maine schools in addressing their facility needs, including temporary classroom space, health and safety repairs, building additions and renovations, and new school construction.
Update — New Opportunities for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency in Maine's Public Schools
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed in late 2021 offers a wide variety of opportunities for clean energy and energy efficiency projects across all sectors – including programs specifically for public school facilities. One opportunity in particular provides competitive grants to make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements at public schools. During the discussion on October 6, the Efficiency Maine Trust and Governor’s Energy Office presented what is known about this federal opportunity and a Maine proposal focusing on retrofitting HVAC systems with high-efficiency heat pump systems. Other topics will include cost, performance, and benefits of heat pump retrofits in a school and ways to support the proposal.
View a recording of the October 6, 2022 presentation regarding opportunities that BIL provides for Maine's public schools. Passcode for access: GKLqwn7*
View the presentation's slide deck (4.23 MB,.PPTX)