Walled Lake schools to privatize buses

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Board votes 7-0 in favor of privatizing buses

By Dave Bartkowiak - Web Producer

WALLED LAKE, Mich. - The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 Thursday night in favor of privatizing the district's bus services.

The district has faced strong opposition from bus drivers who argued privatizing bus services would not be not a good move.

"Three years ago my members took $5 million in cuts to fight off a private company at that point in time," said Ann Ridge, president of the Walled Lake Transportation Association. "They took a 10 percent pay cut. They pay 20 percent toward their health benefits."

Read: Bus drivers fight privatization at Walled Lake schools

Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said the move to privatize will save the district $1.4 million a year for each of the next three years.

"We love our drivers. They're outstanding. It's not personal," he said.

Website: Walled Lake Consolidated School District

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