Public schools across Maine are invited to participate in the new application cycle for major school construction projects that will begin in October, according to a news release from the Department of Education. The announcement that a new application cycle will begin was made at the monthly meeting of the State Board of Education Sept. 14. A new application cycle enables Maine public schools to apply for state support in order to undertake a major renovation or addition project, or to build a new facility.

The application will be similar to those used in the past. Applications will be posted on the Maine Department of Education’s website by Oct. 15. An announcement will be made to alert school officials when the applications are posted.

The department will review completed applications and create a “needs-based” initial priority list, to be followed by the creation of a final priority list and an approved projects list. The entire application and review process is expected to take about two years and is governed by Chapter 61 of Department of Education and State Board of Education joint rules.

School officials who have questions about the process may contact Scott Brown, director of school construction, at scott.brown@maine.gov or at 624-6883.