A recommendation is expected to be made to the Maine Board of Education by mid-June on whether the local Many Flags, One Campus application or a proposal by the Sanford school system should be eligible for state construction money.

The Many Flags proposal and the one by Sanford were the only two applications for designation as an innovative model high school, according to Maine Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin. The deadline was March 15.

The commissioner of the department will appoint a team to evaluate the applications and give a score for both. That team will then make a recommendation to the Maine Board of Education, Connerty-Marin said.

There is no timeline in the law, he said, but the department expects to make the recommendation to the board before mid-June.

“The commissioner is supposed to make a funding recommendation to the full Legislature later this year on funds for this, separate from other major capital construction funds,” he said. “Of course, she will do so in the context of the current economic revenue situation and the Legislature will make its decision in that same context.”

The local Many Flags proposal would combine Rockland District High School, Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, the regional vocational center, an industry training center and higher education programs to be located on one campus.

In 2008, the Many Flags proposal and one from the Sanford school system were the only applications for the designation. The department recommended the Sanford project.

Before the Maine Board of Education could vote on the department’s recommendation, however, the state department acknowledged in March 2009 that the review process had not been fair toward Many Flags and announced the process would have to start again.

A rough estimate in June 2007 on the cost of Many Flags was $64 million. While no site has been selected, the most likely location is land on Route 131 in South Thomaston.

Prior to the submission of the Many Flags application this year, there was opposition within the region. The Maine School Administrative District 40 board voted unanimously Feb. 4 to state that it did not support the application, citing the lack of input. The Region 8 Vocational Cooperative Board, which oversees the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland, voted 8-5 to support the application. The SAD 40 representatives on the board, one member from the Five Town Community School District and one from Regional School Unit 13 voted against the application.

State Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, who is a strong backer of Many Flags, told the SAD 40 board that its vote not to support the project would not torpedo it but would greatly weaken the application.