A new batch of funding will be coming to the Marshall Public Schools, to help “defray the costs” of annexing the Albion Public Schools last year.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the Michigan Department of Education announced on Wednesday that $2.5 million dollars will be coming to the district, bringing the total amount of state funds for this purpose Marshall as received to $6.7 million. Over $3 million of that amount has already been allocated to pay for the debt the Albion Public Schools has accrued, while just over $2 million will go towards “operations and maintenance”, according to a budget laid out in February.

The Albion Public Schools was annexed by the Marshall Public Schools last year, after voters approved the measure. Before the vote, Albion high school students had already been studying at Marshall, due to declining enrollment and a climbing deficit.