MacMinute reader Claude Lee notes that Apple has been awarded a conditional contract with the State of Maine for the Maine Learning Technology Classroom Solution. Assuming final negotiations go smoothly, seventh grade students and teachers at public schools in Maine will begin using wireless Apple products during in the Fall of 2002, followed by equipping all eighth grade students and teachers the next year. “The Department was fortunate to receive several high-quality bids. Apple Computer prevailed in a competitive contest. We look forward to negotiating with Apple to close this deal. A successful agreement will benefit Maine schools by a tremendous partnership with one of the world’s leading educational technology companies,” said Joanne Steneck, Project Director of the Maine Learning Technology Endowment, in a statement. It’s unclear exactly how long ago this contract was awarded.