Bobb appointed to a second year as emergency financial manager of Detroit schools

Oct. 30, 2009
Michigan governor extends term of administrator hired to restore financial health to debt-plagued district

From The Detroit News: Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed Robert Bobb to a second year as the emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public School system. The district is facing a budget deficit of $259 million, whittled down from $310 million when Bobb first took over. During his tenure Bobb has closed 29 schools and is restructuring the district to help save money, improve academics and boosting attendance.

Earlier...from The Detroit News: Robert Bobb has issued his strongest statements yet about his willingness to stay on as Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools beyond his one-year contract that expires in March. "I'm in," he said on a radio show this morning. "That's my goal. That's where I want to be. Hopefully these matters can be executed as quickly as possible so we can move on. It is important to have some continuity to move (the district) forward." Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who appointed Bobb to clean up the district's finances, recently offered to extend his contract.

Also from The Detroit News: Robert Bobb may be staying on as emergency financial manager of Detroit Public Schools for longer than planned. Bobb's one-year term is set to expire in March, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to extend his appointment. The possible extension comes as the district is asking voters in November to approve a $500 million bond measure for school construction and renovation.

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