Maine school districts

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K-12 Education in Maine
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Stephen Bowen
Number of students: 188,969[1]
Number of teachers: 14,888
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:12.7
Number of school districts: 260
Number of schools: 621
Graduation rate: 85%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $11,438[3]
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Glossary of education terms

Maine is home to 621 schools and 188,969 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • Nancy S. Perkins, Chair
    • Peter E. Geiger, Vice Chair
    • Dr. Steven M. Pound
    • William H. Beardsley
    • Nichi Farnham
    • Martha J. Harris
    • Jana Lapoint
    • Heidi H. Sampson
    • Ande A. Smith


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Maine as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[5]

Demographic information for Maine's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 1,584 0.84% 1.10%
Asian 2,932 1.55% 4.68%
African American 5,585 2.96% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 185 0.10% 0.42%
Hispanic 3,080 1.63% 24.37%
White 173,447 91.79% 51.21%
Two or more 2,156 1.14% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Maine Department of Education adopted the standards on April 4, 2011. Full implementation took place during the 2012-2013 academic year.[6][7]

School board composition

School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards are composed of at least one member from each municipality or sub-district otherwise stated. In municipalities with annual elections, directors serve three-year terms. In municipalities with biennial elections, directors serve four-year terms. Should a vacancy occur, an interim board member is selected until the next election.[8]

District types

School districts in Maine are divided into six different types:[9]

  • School administrative districts serve two or more participating cities, towns or plantations and make up the majority of school

district in Maine.

  • Community school districts are school administrative units formed between two or more participating cities, towns, or plantations for any combination of grades K-12.
  • Incorporated school districts serve a single city or town.
  • Interstate school districts provide for the construction and operation of schools.
  • Applied technology regions are established institutions that provide vocational education.
  • Indian school districts are independent school district governments that elect tribal school committee governs each school under the laws applicable to school administrative units.

Term limits

While Maine imposes term limits on statewide offices, they do not impose them on school board members.

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Maine school board elections, 2015

No top enrollment districts in Maine are scheduled to hold elections in 2015.

Path to the ballot

Candidates for local school boards in Maine must:[10]

  • collect a minimum of 300 signatures from registered Maine voters. They must also have each petition verified by its circulator.
  • have all aforementioned signatures certified by the applicable registrar of voters prior to filing with the Secretary of State.
  • have the registrar of voters in the municipality where you are registered to vote complete the “Certification of Unenrollment.”
  • sign a “Candidate’s Consent” before a notary public.
  • present the petitions to the Secretary of State for review.
  • comply with the campaign finance law regarding registration, record keeping and reporting requirements.

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