State of Michigan doles out big bucks for school district consolidation

Published On: Feb 04 2013 07:36:44 PM EST

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wasn't kidding when he said school districts and municipalities who agreed to consolidate or share services would be rewarded.

On Monday, the Michigan Department of Education announced it has awarded $10 million in state grants to local and intermediate school districts for these reasons.

MDE reviewed, rated and rewarded the funds that were available to the best of the 51 applicants.

The largest grant awarded is $6,561,200 to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District for the consolidation of Willow Run and Ypsilanti School Districts.

"To help develop more efficient operations of school districts, either entire district consolidations or a consolidation of their services is being recognized as a very effective strategy," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

All of the grant awards are conditional, pending the submission of revised and approvable project budgets by the districts.


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus