State awards more grants for schools working together
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state is awarding $1.5 million more in grants to school districts that are working together to reduce costs.
This comes on top of nearly $3 million in grants that the state announced in April.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order this year to promote regional efforts at making education more efficient.
A Kennebec Valley project aimed at expanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics education received a $130,000 grant expected to save $1.1 million.
In Western Maine, a therapeutic education project supported by seven rural school districts received a $798,000 grant with $3.1 million in project savings.
A nearly $550,000 grant went to several charter schools such as Cornville Regional Charter School. The schools want to share budgeting, financial reporting, federal grant management, payroll and human resource functions.