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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that 150 awards have been presented to 57 local school districts, 14 middle school districts, 40 non-public schools and 39 public school academies for $10 million in state funding as part of of the Safe Schools Competitive Grant Program.

We are pleased to announce that some of these grants have been awarded to schools in the Upper Peninsula and will be used to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff. , the governor’s office said.

UP schools have received grants:

≤ Copper Island Academy, Calumet, $35,000

≤ Delta-Schoolcraft Middle School District, Escanaba, $37,613

≤ Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, Bergland, $50,000

≤ Gwinn Area Community Schools, $150,000

≤ Holy Name Catholic School/Holy Name High School, at Chesterton Academy, Escanaba, $23,965

≤ Holy Spirit Central Catholic School, Norway, $24,000

≤ Houghton-Portage Township Schools, $25,238

≤ Iron Mountain Public Schools, $250,000

≤ Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary/Secondary School, $62,238

≤ Mid Peninsula School District, Rock, $40,000

≤ Rapid River Public Schools, $28,284

≤ Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools, $250,000

≤ Central Graduate Schools, Eben Junction, $34,238

“Michigan students and educators deserve to feel safe in school,” Whitmer said in a statement. “I am proud that this publicly funded grant program is helping schools make improvements to keep students and educators safe by funding safer learning environments. In my budget proposal for the next school year, I proposed $66 million in school safety grants, which equals the total amount distributed since 2015.

“With this historic proposal and my larger education budget, which includes resources to improve every child’s classroom experience, build and renovate school facilities, and retain and recruit more teachers, we will invest in every school. and every district of Michigan.”

A total of 336 eligible applications were received, requesting funding of approximately $35 million, according to the governor’s office. Grant applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Michigan State Police, Michigan Police Chiefs Association, Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan, Michigan Nonpublic Schools Association, Michigan Emergency Management Association, Charter Schools, and Schools. security personnel. Scholars have until July 1, 2023 to spend their scholarship.

We commend our local schools for taking the initiative to apply for these grants, as they are certain to make a difference in keeping our students and educators safe for years to come.

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