Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year. The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning.
The board delayed the final vote by two weeks to get a better picture of state funding. President Deb Mexicotte says the delay makes it unlikely any major amendment will be needed because of state funding issues. That's because the district's agreement to freeze teacher salaries meets the state's best practices requirements.
Local labor groups still want the district to allow custodial workers to form a co-op instead of hiring G-C-A Services for the work. Mexicotte says the district received more of a concept than a finalized proposal and board members have been unable to find the nearly two million dollars in savings elsewhere.
— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.