State of Michigan doles out big bucks for school district consolidation

Washtenaw Intermediate School District awarded $6.5 million

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

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.