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Chicago triples budget to board up closed schools

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 11:54 p.m. CST

CHICAGO – 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 reported 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 said the increase in closure costs would not be a financial problem, telling the board that the overall budget had been exceeded.

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