Michigan Office of Schooling COVID-19 cash: Projects denied

The Michigan Department of Schooling will let Michigan college districts to spend federal COVID-19 reduction funding on a faculty diet room, a food items truck and playground gear, but not on stability gear or the demolition of an getting older school’s pool. 

Included in the expending proposed to the Michigan Office of Schooling: college playground machines, updates to athletic devices and features, and security updates, which include metal detectors and cameras. 

The Detroit Totally free Press, in collaboration with Chalkbeat Detroit and Bridge Michigan, uncovered on Monday that educational facilities experienced proposed shelling out federal COVID-19 aid funding in ways not explicitly tied to the pandemic. 

Spokesperson Martin Ackley wrote in an e-mail that the office has denied some paying proposals amid them: 

  • A $500,000 proposal to demolish an growing old swimming pool in disrepair at Eastpointe Significant School. 
  • A $134,000 ask for from Kalamazoo Community Schools to purchase metallic detectors and X-ray machines for security for distinctive activities.