The Maine Department of Education today announced 7 grant awards for collaborative initiatives undertaken by schools and educational agencies as part of a statewide regional opportunity and efficiency initiative called EMBRACE -“Enabling Maine students to Benefit from Regional And Coordinated approaches to Education. The grant proposal resulted in 21 applications with an array of cost saving plans to benefit Maine students. 7 grants were awarded. The awards involve nearly 50 sites throughout Maine, including neighboring school districts, Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers, colleges and universities. RSU 29, RSU 50, MSAD 70, RSU 84, and Region 2 applied for funding to develop a regional bus garage. The plan will provide participating communities with a centrally located facility to serve as a bus garage for maintenance of the combined fleet of buses, vans and service vehicles of the participating partners. The project will save money, increase reliability and improve maintenance services which will is expected to lengthen the life of buses and other service vehicles.
Photo of some of the recipients of the grant winners of Maine DOE Efficiency Grant. From left to right: Betsy Webb, Supt. Bangor; Rick Colpitts, Supt. MSAD 17; Robert Hasson, Commissioner of Education; Ellen Schneider, Supt. RSU 29; Ben Sirois, Supt. Fort Kent; Fern Desjardins, Supt. of MSAD 33 ; Gisele Dionne, Supt. Madawaska, Aaron Chadbourne, Senior Policy Advisor to Paul LePage.