KALKASKA — The citizens of Kalkaska have been debating whether or not their local school board should contract out for management of school custodial staff. The Leader & Kalkaskian reported Oct. 12 that the September school board meeting did not result in a vote on the issue because of a last minute proposal by the Michigan Education Association. The MEA is the state’s largest union of teachers, janitors, cooks and bus drivers. At its Oct. 24 meeting the board chose to tentatively ratify a contract with district custodians. Michigan Privatization Report was informed on Nov. 14 that concessions were made by the custodians to make keeping the service in-house more affordable. While the deal has not yet been completely finalized, it appears as though it will be.