Holly Starts Aggressive Privatization Program

HOLLY — Holly Area Schools is looking to privatization as part of its plan to close a projected $2.15 million deficit, according to the Tri-County Times.

Superintendent Kent Barnes gave budget recommendations that included outsourcing for food, custodial and counseling services that would save the district $715,000. The bulk of the savings — $625,000 — would come from janitorial services.

The district already contracts for the management of its food services with Chartwells and is exploring extending the contract to include labor. If it proceeds, it will be one of only 21 districts in Michigan that contract for both food and custodial services.

Other changes include eliminating some teaching positions. This will save the district $300,000, but also push the district to the edge of the maximum class size allowable in its labor contracts.

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