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Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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

These grants, some of which have been awarded to schools in the Upper Peninsula, will be used to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff, the office of the governor.

UP schools have awarded 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. “In my budget proposal for next school year, I proposed $66 million in school safety grants, which equals the total amount distributed since 2015.”

A total of 336 eligible applications were received, requesting funding of approximately $35 million, according to the governor’s office. Nominations were reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Michigan State Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non- Public Schools and the Michigan Emergency Management Association.

Scholars have until July 1, 2023 to spend their scholarship.

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