MIDLAND — Midland Public Schools has contracted out for food and custodial services. The district had been facing a deficit of $5 million.

The district chose Grand Rapids Building Services to operate its custodial services. The contract is expected to save the district $880,000 in the first year alone. Custodians would start at a wage of $9.25 per hour and the company will offer employees a benefits package, according to the Daily News.

The district contracted with Chartwells for its food service. Increased participation and lower labor costs are expected make the district’s $260,000 subsidy to its food services unnecessary.

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