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City moves forward with privatization

March 27, 2012
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ROCHESTER, MI — Faced with a significant budget shortfall, Rochester Community Schools is looking at privatization as a money saving option, according to the Oakland Township-Lake Orion Patch.

The board of education has learned that they could save nearly $12 million over the course of three years if they contract with two outside companies to manage bus drivers, custodians and some grounds crews, the article stated.

According to the article, the district is looking at a budget deficit of more than $10 million, a number which has made the option to privatize much more attractive.

"I believe this is our fiscal responsibility — it''s what we were elected for," said Board President Jennifer Berwick. "I do not think we can not move forward with this."

Privatizing district custodians would affect about 100 employees, including all custodians and the three high school grounds positions, the article noted.

The district received bids from six firms and an interview team has selected GCA Education Services as the potential company for these services, the article added.

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