In Michigan
7:21 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Granholm wants Robert Bobb to stay on for 2nd year

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she wants the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools to stay on for a second year to continue efforts to improve the struggling district.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday after a Midwestern Governors Association event that Robert Bobb is "doing a very tough but very important job" for the district, which faces a $259 million budget deficit.

Bobb said this week he wouldn't commit to staying on beyond his contract but has been in talks with Granholm's office.

Granholm appointed Bobb to a one-year term that began in March to straighten out the finances of the Detroit Public Schools. He has overseen a massive restructuring that has closed 29 schools and overhauled scores of others.