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Detroit Public Schools seek bids on privatization of maintenance services

October 01, 2010
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DETROIT — The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) expects to announce plans today to privatize maintenance, custodial and grounds services under a single facilities contract, according to the Free Press.
Privatizing facilities would be the largest outsourcing venture for DPS since the governor appointed emergency financial manager Robert Bobb to oversee the district''s budget last year, the article stated.
"We expect to ensure quality services while saving resources by seeking competitive bids for these non-instructional functions, allowing us to keep class sizes low and continue to work toward fiscal solvency,” said district spokesman Steve Wasko.
According to the article, school board president Anthony Adams opposes the change.
"Past privatization efforts have yielded no real benefit for the district," Adams said.
"Detroiters continue to lose jobs under these scenarios and then the deficit continues to grow. All sides need to sit down and truly understand what we need to do long-term to both preserve the district and preserve the jobs of Detroiters," Adams added.
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