Clarenceville privatizes custodians
July 12, 2010
CLARENCEVILLE, MI — The Clarenceville school board voted 4-3 to privatize the district''s custodial services, according to the Observer.
Within minutes of the decision, angry members of the audience started organizing a campaign to recall board members from office after telling them how disappointed they were with the decision, the article stated.
Administrators had recommended awarding a contract for custodial services to D.M. Burr of Flint, the lowest of nine bidders, in an effort to save $1.2 million over three years, the article noted.
According to the article, the board members did not explain their votes, which followed a closed session in which they reviewed the latest of two proposals for concessions from the Michigan Education Association unit representing the district''s 35 or so custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers and food service workers.
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