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School Consolidation Grants Awarded to Support 13 Projects Statewide
September 29, 2014
September 26, 2014
LANSING – Twelve school districts will receive $4.3 million to help defray costs in their efforts to consolidate districts and services, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.
The state funds for the School Consolidation Grants, initiated and approved by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder, provided competitive grants to 15 total districts. Three grants were awarded in the first round, earlier in the year.
"To help increase efficiencies across the state, the grants support an effective and important ongoing strategy of consolidating districts where it makes sense, and streamlining their services and operations in other cases," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "These will help maintain or improve district finances and operations."
This second round of funding was available through a budget supplemental that allowed projects consolidating administrative services or operations.
The MDE reviewed, rated and rewarded what was available to applications that demonstrated the most efficient and effective impact of consolidation efforts.
One district, Ann Arbor Public Schools, is getting $1.4 million to help pay for its planned annexation with Whitmore Lake Schools.
Eleven remaining districts receiving grant funds are consolidating services or operations.
Receiving grants in the first round were: North Huron Schools; Marshall Public Schools; and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District.
Below is the complete list of recipients in this latest round of consolidation grants: