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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools, Private School Administrators

FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:            December 22, 2005

SUBJECT:     Maine School Library Network (MSLN2) E-Rate Program

URGENT REMINDER:  January 13, 2006 Deadline for Filing Maine School Library Network (MSLN) E-Rate Application

**** Please Forward to School Principals****

Your building principals have recently been mailed a critical communication about the Maine School Library Network (MSLN2) which provides telecommunications and Internet access to Maine schools.   MSLN2 will file an application with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate program on behalf of those eligible schools and libraries that will receive service provided by MSLN2 during Funding Year 2006 (July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007).

This year, for the first time, in order for schools to participate in this program, there is certain information that must be completed by the administrator of each participating school. I wanted to let you know that this year those participation materials are being mailed to your principals.  Each school must complete the documents for the individual school or entity rather than for the school administrative unit.   Additionally, if your school administrative unit has an approved Alternative Education program connected to MSLN2, please have the principal complete separate forms for that entity. MSLN2 must receive the completed documents by January 13, 2006. 

Failure to return these participation documents means that your schools will not be included in the application and you will therefore not receive service as MSLN2 is unable to pay for services without the support of E-rate.

The packet being sent to each of your schools includes the following items:

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Scott, Department of Education Legislative Liaison, at 207-624-6620 or  Thank you for your assistance in working with your building principals to move forward on this critical funding opportunity for Maine schools, and for your schools in particular.