GOODRICH, Mich. – Goodrich Area Schools will lay off 17 teachers and increase class sizes after refusing to outsource noninstructional services, according to the Grand Blanc View.

The board of education sought bids to privatize janitors, bus drivers and paraprofessionals, but instead will cut teachers to make up for overspending $1.6 million, the View reported.

“You said these cuts are not going to affect the kids,” Goodrich Education Association President Cathy Rivet said at a recent board meeting, according to the View. “How do you feel this is not going to affect our children?”

SOURCE: The Goodrich View, “Goodrich avoids outsourcing, cuts teachers, staff,” May 24, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “Utica Schools to Save Millions with Private Custodians,” May 19, 2012

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