Southwest Michigan Today: Tuesday May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - in Battle Creek - file photo
Credit WMUK

A $15.5 million dollar grant will help prepare Battle Creek School District students and teachers. Kalamazoo Public Schools will end the academic year as scheduled. Federal scientists are monitoring whether water levels in part of Michigan are affected by Nestle withdrawals. 

The Battle Creek Public Schools are getting a helping hand. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation says it's giving $15.5 million to Grand Valley State University. It will use the money to work with the Battle Creek Schools to train students for high-paying jobs. The project will focus on careers in science, health care, technology, and education. The program will also help train teachers in Battle Creek. Grand Valley will also send student teachers to work in Battle Creek.

The Kalamazoo Public Schools say the district’s classes will end for the year on schedule June 13th. School districts across the state had an unusually high number of days when school was closed during the winter. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation last week forgiving four days called off during state-declared snow emergencies earlier this year. KPS notified students and their parents Monday that this school year will end on schedule.

(WCMU) Federal scientists are in Osceola County to monitor water levels affected by water withdrawals from Nestle Water North America. The U.S. Geological Survey has begun monitoring water levels at Nestle’s wells in Osceola Township. Nestle says they requested that the USGS come in to understand long-term water availability and environmental uses. Some environmental groups say Nestle should have made the request long ago.

(Michigan Radio) Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Barcena is making a brief visit to Michigan. Barcena says one of her main goals is to promote the USMCA agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. That’s an updated renegotiation of NAFTA. Congress still needs to approve it. Mexico is Michigan’s second-largest trading partner after Canada. Barcena will meet with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, auto company executives, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.