- 235 districts (42.6 percent) contract out for
- 424 districts (77.0 percent) contract out for
substitute teaching services.
- 248 districts (45.0 percent) contract out for
- 176 districts (31.9 percent) contract out for
- 59 districts (10.7 percent) contract out for
Districts contract out beyond food, custodial, and
transportation. Every service above saw an increase from last year. This year’s
survey also included a new question on maintenance services, though these
services are often provided when districts contract out for custodial services.
Many of these services are provided by an employee leasing
company that manages the employees and handles the payroll. Contracting out for
these positions can save significant money because districts are not required
to contribute to the state school employee retirement fund.
Aside from these services, school districts will also
often contract out for security, special education, administrative,
secretarial, technology and mechanical services among others.
Districts often provide these services in conjunction
with others. For instance, district coaches and substitute teacher services may
be provided within its teacher contracts and lawn care may be a part of
custodial services. Data above represent district-reported private provision of