According to reports 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. The initial contract for the job was to cost $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 been exceeded.