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Staffing company ending Detroit schools contract

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DETROIT (AP) — A staffing company that says Detroit Public Schools owes it more than $18 million is ending its contract with the district.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1oBC9oD ) Sodexo confirmed the decision Thursday. The company plans to keep working in the district until June 28 and it's not immediately clear whether jobs will be lost. Sodexo earlier said more than 400 workers could be affected.

The company has provided building maintenance and custodial services for the district since 2011.

The district has said that Sodexo wasn't meeting the terms of its contract and wasn't keeping schools clean. Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko says the district will continue to monitor Sodexo's performance until the contract ends in June.

Earlier this month, the district announced it was seeking bids from other companies.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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