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Privatization on the table once again

March 21, 2012
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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI — As Utica Community Schools officials entertain the option of privatizing custodial services, more than 100 employees'' livelihoods hang in the balance, according to the Advisor and Source.

The Utica board of education has once again instructed Superintendent Christine Johns to take bids from outside companies to provide custodial services to the schools, the article stated.

According to the article, the move could save the district upwards of $2 million, which would help alleviate some of an anticipated $10 million budget deficit for the 2012-2013 school year.

"We need to investigate every avenue that allows us to reduce costs and direct resources to support our core mission of teaching and learning," said Tim McAvoy, district spokesman.

The district looked to outsource services in 2010, eventually deciding on a "hybrid" system, consisting of union employees and employees of GCA Services Group Inc., the article noted.

The district has informed the union, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1664, that they will not bargain, but that the union can submit a bid of their own, the article added.

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