ISHPEMING — Ishpeming Public Schools has started to explore contracting for custodial services. The district has been operating at a deficit and without change, its reserve funds are expected to be depleted at the end of this school year, according to the Marquette Mining Journal.

The district is still acquiring information and may be looking to contract out for the 2008-09 school year.

Custodians attended a recent school board meeting and voiced concern over possible privatization. Their union contract with the district ends this summer, according to the Mining Journal. Under state law, outsourcing is a prohibited subject of bargaining.

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