MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — The Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) budget is set to increase for the 2022-23 school year.

At a meeting on Monday, MAPS Superintendent Zack Sedgwick said the district has more money for facilities, hiring and training educators, and student mental health. This is largely due to Michigan’s bipartisan education budget signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in July.

It allocates $9,150 in funding per student, including $250 million for improving educational facilities across the state. Sedgwick added that one of the many district investments this funding will cover is a new boiler at Bothwell Middle School. MAPS Board Member Jennifer Ray hailed the state legislature’s bipartisan decision to give districts like MAPS the funding it needs.

“State funding for once is doing what it should for our kids, so it’s amazing,” Ray said. “I hope we will continue to move in this direction.”

At Monday’s meeting, the board unanimously approved offers from Papa Murphy’s, Domino’s and Lakeshore Pizza to buy its school lunch pizzas. MAPS Food Services Director Christopher Collins said the district is keeping its options open on where to buy baked goods and dairy products due to a price hike.

“During my time with MAPS, we typically see a $0.005 increase per carton of milk, but this school year we’re looking at an increase of $0.07 per carton of milk,” Collins said. “This is unprecedented, I’ve never seen this before. Another cost increase will be for bakery items.

Collins added that MAPS also wants to buy more bakery items due to the uncertainty in the global grain supply. Despite all these price increases, Collins explained that MAPS aims to expand its reduced and free meals program to more families.

“We’re increasing access for families,” Collins said. “We now have the online capability on Skyward for families to request free and discounted meals.”

Superintendent Sedgwick also noted that MAPS kindergarten enrollment was up across the board. MAPS board member James Randall said he was impressed by the upward trend. He attributed this to the talent of the teachers at MAPS.

“It’s amazing that we’re continuing to rise,” Randall said. “It says a lot about our teaching staff and how we can continue to spread the word.”

MAPS schools are welcoming students back on Tuesday, September 6.

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