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Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

A group of parents, union members, and others in the community continue to object to Ann Arbor Public Schools plan to outsource custodial work.  Earlier this month the school board accepted a bid from GCA Services that will reduce custodial costs by $2 million annually.  

It's an important piece of the proposed overall budget the board will consider Wednesday night.  

Parent Rabindar Subbian thinks the district should let the current custodians form a worker co-op.  He says the district would get the savings needed to address state funding issues while helping local middle class workers.

The workers were unable to complete plans in time to respond to the district's request for propsals.  They are promised an interview with GCA to continue working in Ann Arbor schools.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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