Benton Harbor Privatization

A group of bus drivers and custodians is fighting for their jobs in Benton Harbor.

The Benton Harbor School System is considering privatizing their custodial and transportation services.

The proposal would leave one hundred people without jobs.

The district started asking for bids from private companies in May.

School leaders say it is an option they are considering to try and save money with budget cuts looming.

Bus drivers say that with a private company the new drivers would not have the training and certification needed to transport children to school.

“I've been here 31 years and this is what we get? I mean we've been upholding this district for years and, yeah, money is tight but if there are adjustments they should be from the top down,” says school bus mechanic Don Jaggers.

The school board is expected to start reviewing the bids at the next meeting on Tuesday.

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