WHITEHALL — The district of Whitehall has seen its fair share of school privatization debates in 2006. As MPR reported earlier in the year, Whitehall had considered joining forces with five other school districts and entering into one large, overarching contract for school bus services, but ultimately decided against it.

Now, just five months later, the Whitehall District School board has voted 4-3 to contract for custodial services, according to the Oct. 1 edition of the White Lake Beacon. The contract is expected to save at least $40,000 annually.

Editor’s Note: This contract was not counted in the 2006 summer privatization survey because the deal was made after its conclusion.