Budget to Board Up Closed Chicago Schools Triples


Chicago Public Schools has more than tripled the amount of money available to cover the costs of boarding up dozens of schools shut down this year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the city's board of education voted Wednesday to pay up to $30.9 million to Global Workplace Solutions for emptying out and boarding up the schools.

An initial contract in April was for $8.9 million. That was later more than doubled to $18.9 million.

The city closed the schools this year, saying it could save money and better focus resources by moving the remaining students to other schools.

CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the increase in closure costs would not be a financial problem, telling the board that the overall budget had not been exceeded.

And CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tom Tyrrell also explained that CPS had not gone over its $78 million budget for 2013 school transitions.

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