Airport and Walled Lake districts threatening privatization of transportation employees

Two Southeast Michigan school boards are considering privatizing or punishing education support professionals who work in transportation services.

Despite protests from the community, the school board of Airport Community Schools in Monroe County voted Monday to issue a request for proposals to sell off its fleet of school busses and fully outsource its transportation services to a company that would put profits before service.

On Thursday, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s board will meet to consider a plan that would force transportation employees to sacrifice an additional $1.4 million per year to avoid having their jobs privatized. Combined with previous concessions made by Walled Lake transportation employees just three years ago, this would result in a total of $9 million in cuts over a six-year period.

Walled Lake School Board members have refused to return phone calls from employees and local citizens to explain their draconian proposal. They’ll finally have to face the community, as the board will meet Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Services Center, 850 Ladd Road, Building D, in Walled Lake.