FIFE LAKE — Forest Area Community Schools is beginning to examine custodial privatization as a way to save money. The district has, according to the Oct. 5 edition of the Leader & Kalkaskian, received three bids from outside firms. According to the article, district officials are happy with the quality of the custodial services, but want to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. The article also states that the district is reviewing the bids while it works with the custodians’ union representatives. "It is not uncommon for government units to collect private bids in order to encourage employees to make wage and benefit concessions," said Michael LaFaive, senior managing editor of Michigan Privatization Report>. "That may be what’s taking place here. The district can say to the union, ‘we have an option to obtain these services at a more competitive cost.’"