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Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Milan Area Schools weighing privatization and staff layoffs

By Danielle Arndt

The Milan Area Schools Board of Education is facing tough choices this budget cycle as it weighs staff layoffs and privatization of some of the district’s services, including custodial, maintenance, food service, transportation and secretarial services, according to a report in the Milan News-Leader.


Milan Area Schools may layoff staff for the 2013-14 academic year.

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The News-Leader reports the district is considering pink slips for about 13 full-time staff members: 5 teaching positions, 4.5 custodial positions, 1 bus driver, 1.5 secretaries and 1 central office employee.

Superintendent Bryan Girbach said in the Leader the planned layoffs are based on classroom needs and are not expected to affect program offerings. The district also is waiting on staff evaluations to be completed before issuing the layoffs, the report said.

The board will vote on the layoffs at its June 11 meeting.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

Wow. And here I thought AAPS had its fair share of problems. Good luck with that one. Privatize Balas.


Fri, May 31, 2013 : 12:24 a.m.

Another casualty of the big giveaway to Ricksters business buddies.


Fri, May 31, 2013 : 10:27 a.m.

I'd say it's another casualty of the big give-always to the unions over the years.Continuing to pay more than they collect in taxes is the problem. Asking taxpayers to fund it and expecting them to suffer financially for that recklessness is not reasonable.


Fri, May 31, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

Leaguebus...can you name the business buddies you are referring to?