SKOWHEGAN (AP) — An educator from Skowhegan Area Middle School is Maine’s Teacher of the Year.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Special Education Teacher Jennifer Dorman received the Maine Department of Education award at a surprise ceremony at the school on Thursday.

Dorman, who teaches English and language arts, has taught at the school since 2009. Before teaching there, she worked for 13 years at MSAD 54 in Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Mercer.

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine has received more than $38 million to pay for bond projects that have been approved by voters.

State Treasurer Neria Douglass said Thursday that the sale of a bond anticipation note has brought in money that will help pay for bridge and highway work, port development and improvement, upgrades to armories and other projects.

Many of the projects are also expected to get federal funding. Douglass says the money will “provide infrastructure for future economic development in Maine, which we sorely need.”

The new funds are in addition to $127 million the state received in June through a bond sale that’s paying for several infrastructure projects.

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