Midland Public Schools Investigate Outsourcing

MIDLAND — Officials from the Midland Public Schools district have been investigating outsourcing involving both cafeteria and custodial services, according to the Midland Daily News. In October, 2006, the district heard from opponents of outsourcing, which included teachers, custodians and cafeteria workers.

The idea to outsource noninstructional services came from the district’s Program Analysis Committee, which met from January to April, 2006, to review ways to reduce expenditures in the district.

The superintendent has said any savings generated through privatization would be reinvested in the classroom.

The district intends to issue requests for proposals in 2007 to help determine the most cost-effective way of providing cafeteria and custodial services.