Jenison schools contract for custodial work

JENISON — Jenison Public Schools contracted its custodial service as part of cuts expected to save the district $1.1 million. The move is expected to save the district $185,585 in the first year and $425,000 annually thereafter, according to The Grand Rapids Press. The district selected CSM Services, which is owned by two Jenison High School graduates.

Other key parts of the spending reductions include a switch in the district's MESSA insurance that covers teachers and administrators. Higher co-pays for prescription drugs are expected to save the district $320,000, and eliminating unfilled job vacancies will save $660,000, The Press reported.

Even with the savings, the district expects to overspend revenues by $1.1 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The district's reserves will cover the difference.

Reference: "Jenison Board of Education approves privatizing custodians to prevent program cuts," The Grand Rapids Press, June 16, 2009