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Robert Bobb – Detroit’s Financial Manager???

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LANSING (WWJ) – The emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, will leave his post in June, but what if there’s the need for a financial manager for a possible bankrupt Detroit?

He was asked that question by WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick. Bobb’s response: “We have a great mayor in the city of Detroit.”

And when pressed for further explanation as to whether he’s expressed interest in the position if the city did experience problems, Bobb replied, “You’ve never heard me make that kind of noise.” He then made no further comment on the topic.

Robert Bobb met with lawmakers Wednesday to ask for more help to get the school district out of the red. Bobb said there is an urgent need for legislation that would allow the district to borrow more money to meet payroll and pay other bills.

DPS plans to borrow more than $200 million in March. But without more financial assistance, Bobb said the district would have to implement drastic cuts, including reducing the number of schools by half, increasing class sizes to 62 in high schools and boosting fees to play sports.

However, Bobb said the district has no plans to file for bankruptcy to erase its $327 million deficit.

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