Reeths-Puffer privatization agreement includes no cost increases

MUSKEGON — Reeths-Puffer Schools renewed a contract with EnviroClean to cover custodial service to the district. The contract included no increases in its expense to the district.

Employees facing a privatization attempt often argue that contractors' first-year bids are artificially low to make the initial decision to contract easy and then increase rates after the district loses its employees. However, Reeths-Puffer's agreement is an example contrary to this argument.

When the district contracted out the service in 2006, the move was expected to save the district $480,000 a year over the contract's life. Opponents of the move distributed fliers calling for boycotts of the companies employing school board members.