Custodial firm sues Benton Harbor Area Schools over claims of unpaid services


By: Associated Press

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A company is suing Benton Harbor Area Schools for what it says are unpaid custodial services.

WOOD-TV reports Monday that Sodexo Management Inc. is seeking more than $2.7 million from the financially struggling district in southwestern Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court.

Maryland-based Sodexo says it first contracted with the schools in 2011 and set up a 5-year plan in 2013 for the district to pay off $500,000 in past due bills.

The company ended its contract with the district last October.

The district and state forged a consent agreement last year after Gov. Rick Snyder determined there was a financial emergency. The district’s deficit is about $16 million.

A review team last year found enrollment had fallen 43 percent to 2,680 in the past decade.