Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Local Public School Privatizes Services to Save Money

As reported in the Grand Rapids Press, another local school district found that the obvious way for them to save money in tough economic times is to turn to private provision of services. In this case, the public schools in Jenison decided they could save $425,000 per year by privatizing 17 custodial jobs.

Though teachers protested the action, the district claims it will be able to save nine teaching positions as a result. The decision to privatize janitorial services is part of an effort to cover a $2.2 million deficit.
. . . Superintendent Tom TenBrink said he sees the move as the only option that does not hurt programs and teachers.

Projections show the district will face another $2.6 million shortfall next year, and savings are quickly being depleted.

"We can no longer afford every employee. It's just not feasible," TenBrink said. "This is a sad day in our history and it's probably the hardest thing I've had to do. I quite honestly don't know where else to go. I don't know where to turn."

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