Custodial Services

  • 259 districts (47.5 percent) contract out custodial services.
  • 15 districts began new custodial service contracts.

Graphic 4: Custodial Service Contracting

Graphic 4: Custodial Service Contracting - click to enlarge

Graphic 5: Districts With New Custodial Services Contracts

Dundee Community School

Grant Public Schools

Schoolcraft Community Schools

Romulus Community Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ludington Area School District

Lowell Area Schools

Ionia Township School District 2

Unionville Sebewaing Area Schools

Newaygo Public Schools

Cassopolis Public Schools

Bloomingdale Public Schools

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Au Gres-Sims School District

Hamtramck School District


Custodial service remains the most frequently contracted service. However, there were remarkably fewer districts that began a new private custodial contract compared to past years. From the 2012 survey to the 2013 survey, 46 new districts contracted out this service. This year, only the 15 districts (listed in Graphic 5) began new custodial service contracts.

The overall increase since 2003 is the largest increase among the services, however. In 2003, just 6.6 percent of school districts contracted out custodial services. The amount of districts privatizing custodial services increased 623 percent from 2003 to 2014.

Lowell Area Schools reports that it only contracts out for one of its custodial employees.

Bloomingdale, Dundee and Unionville-Sebewaing schools use an employee leasing agency to provide this service. Au Gres-Sims School District and Schoolcraft Community Schools contracted out only portions of this service to an employee leasing agency.