JACKSON — Jackson Public Schools received concessions from its support unions after the district looked into private contracts for special education bus drivers and monitors. The district was facing a $1.76 million deficit for coming school year, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. The district has cut $14 million out of its budget over the last five years.

By switching insurance plans for several employee groups, the district was able to save $700,000 in the coming fiscal year. To attain some additional savings, Jackson agreed to maintain the local Catholic school’s buses.

Jackson Schools hired Enviro-Clean for fiscal year 2005 to handle its custodial services. Before contracting, the service cost the district roughly $3.5 million annually. Enviro-Clean performs the service for roughly half as much, according to Superintendent Dan Evans.

This contract was counted in the Mackinac Center’s 2006 summer privatization survey.