More Cuts Coming for Detroit School System

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Financial manager Robert Bobb continues to downsize the Detroit Public Schools, cutting 181 curriculum and instruction department staff and four assistant superintendents.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report Thursday the contracts of seven district executives will not be renewed, and the schools' police chief has been fired.

Bobb was hired by Gov. Jennifer Granholm earlier this year to right the district's troubled finances. It has a budget deficit of more than $300 million.

The staffing cuts announced Wednesday are expected to save $16 million each year. They follow earlier announcements that 900 teachers and staff will be laid off and 29 schools closed by the fall.

Transportation services also will be outsourced.

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