MONROE — Monroe Public Schools Board of Education voted 4-3 to deny the investigation of custodial service contracting that could have saved the district up to $1.2 million, according to the Monroe Evening News.

Contracting with an outside vendor had been suggested as a way for the district to save money, the Evening News reported. The district already contracts for food services, according to the Mackinac Center’s 2006 school privatization survey.

The district is facing a projected deficit of $5 million for its next fiscal year. Officials have looked into closing schools, moving school elections and selling land, the Evening News reported.

However, additional moves have not been enough to close its deficit and privatization may be revisited. “When we start closing schools, we really need to consider options that are not tied to instruction,” school board Vice President Aaron Mason told the Evening News.

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