AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, announced that one-time COVID-19 relief funding for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone following the passage of a strong, bipartisan part two budget on Wednesday, June 30. The budget includes a one-time expenditure of $225,000 to the nationally renowned magnet school which experienced a dip in enrollment due to the pandemic and the restriction of global travel.
President Jackson released the following statement in support of this much-needed funding:
“The Maine School of Science and Mathematics provides students with an unparalleled education in the heart of Maine — Aroostook County. The school is a vital part of our community in northern Maine and there is no question that the region is equally vital to the school’s nationally recognized program. Few sectors of our communities and economy have been left unharmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools, in particular, have been hit hard. MSSM is no exception. It’s why I’m thrilled that the Maine Legislature was able to include a one-time injection of funds for MSSM in the state budget. While modest, I’m hopeful these funds will enable the school to fully rebound from the pandemic and continue acting as a launchpad for the next generation of workers, leaders and entrepreneurs.”
Gov. Mills has ten days to sign the budget into law, veto the bill or allow it to become law without her signature.