Judge orders school district to pay

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan school district has been ordered by a federal judge to pay a company about $2.8 million for unpaid services.

The Herald-Palladium at St. Joseph reported Saturday that the ruling against Benton Harbor Area Schools was made last Monday.

Maryland-based Sodexo Management Inc. has said it provided custodial, grounds maintenance, repair and other services to the district from July 2011 through Nov. 10, 2014.

The company ended its contract with the district in 2014. The district and state forged a consent agreement last year after Gov. Rick Snyder determined there was a financial emergency.

Consent agreement consultant Gregory Weatherspoon told the newspaper last Friday that the district will "have to borrow the money."

Weatherspoon says school board members could discuss the ruling Tuesday.

Published: Tue, Apr 12, 2016