PONTIAC — Oakland County school officials were treated to a public rally and protest July 11 over the intention of Pontiac board of education members to pursue privatization of services that may affect union-held positions in the district.

The Oakland Press covered the protest and noted that the district faces a $12.5 million deficit. As part of her duty to balance the school’s budget, School Superintendent Mildred Mason is looking at competitive contracting options that might trim 300 employees from the official district payroll, including 42 security officers and 83 secretaries. As of August 22 the plan was officially on hold because the unions that represent these employees may agree to concessions with the district.