Under the provisions of 20-A MRS §15905 and Chapter 61 State Board of Education Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects Section 15 the Commissioner and the State Board have initiated an application process which will identify an Integrated, Consolidated 9 – 16 Educational Facility pilot project. The intent of Section 15 is to create a new regional high school integrated with a career and technical school, the University of Maine System, and the Maine Community College System and that supports industry training programs leading to recognized licensure and certification. The preferred pilot project will combine three or more high schools (additional grades would be considered) and will create a new governing school board. Schools units are encouraged to work with neighboring school districts on this new process.
The Integrated Consolidated 9 – 16 Educational Facility application consists of two parts. Part 1 includes an initial letter of intent, responses to four prompts, and evidence of interest from potential partners. Upon receipt, review, and rating of all Part 1 applications the Commissioner will establish a points threshold to determine those applicants approved to proceed to Part 2. Only those applicants who receive formal written authorization will proceed to Part 2. The Department may provide support to assist in completion of Part 2 of the application.
The Part 2 application requires an overview of the proposed model, responses to a number of prompts, an overview of the technical and financial supports needed from the Department in order to fully develop and implement the model, and evidence of approval votes by the various partners. Upon receipt, review and rating of all Part 2 applications, Part 1 scores will be combined with Part 2 scores for a final total. Using the final total scores, the Facilities Team will develop a priority list for the Commissioner to recommend to the State Board of Education. The Department reserves the right to recommend more than one final project or to reject all applications.
Once the successful pilot project is identified and selected the Department of Education intends to provide funds for required planning work associated with the development of the project (facilitation, legal, start up, referendum, etc.). Decisions about renovation, expansion or building a new facility will be made during this planning phase.