DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Union Schools is looking into privatizing its custodial services, the South Bend Tribune reported.

The district has received six bids to serve the district in response to its request for proposals, according to Hal Davis, assistant superintendent of business services. The bids show savings of between 13 and 32 percent of the cost of the services.

The next step in the contracting process is checking the financial circumstances and the references for the bidders.

“We don’t want to be in the business and then have to retract,” Davis said.

The district currently contracts for food services, according to the Mackinac Center’s 2006 school privatization survey.

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