Privatization of school support services isn’t necessarily a permanent fixture in school districts. Some district officials, having contracted for services with private vendors, choose to allow district employees the opportunity to provide the service again. Since the 2006 survey was completed last August, eight districts brought services back in-house.

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Conventional Michigan School Districts Bringing Previously Contracted Services In-House in 2007

District

County

Service

Allegan Public Schools

Allegan

Food Service

Eaton Rapids Public Schools

Eaton

Food Service

Lakeview Community Schools

Montcalm

Transportation Mgt.

Madison Public Schools

Oakland

Food Service

Napoleon Community Schools

Jackson

Food Service

Owosso Public Schools

Shiawassee

Food Service

Tawas Area Schools

Iosco

Food Service

Williamston Community Schools

Ingham

Food Service

Madison, Napoleon, Owosso and Tawas all brought their services back in-house because officials believed it would be less expensive. Williamston Community Schools chose to share their food service program with Okemos Public Schools, which does not contract.[13] Lakeview Community Schools lost their contracted manager for transportation and chose to promote a district employee to take over management of the system.[14] Allegan and Eaton Rapids did not indicate why they brought their services back in-house.