MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Muskegon Heights will save about $1.2 million this year and next after privatizing clerical workers, custodians and bus drivers, according to The Muskegon Chronicle.

The board also approved about $4 million in spending reductions, The Chronicle reported, although the district is still about $12 million in debt.

The board’s vote came a week after district employees rejected a proposal that included a temporary 35 percent pay cut and larger employee contributions for benefits, according to The Chronicle.

SOURCES:

The Muskegon Chronicle, “Muskegon Heights teachers reject 35 percent pay cut, face payless paydays,” Jan. 13, 2012

The Muskegon Chronicle, “Muskegon Heights privatizes school employees, makes nearly $4 million in cuts,” Jan. 23, 2012

FURTHER READING:

Michigan Education Report, “Muskegon Heights school board asks for emergency manager,” Dec. 13, 2011

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