Fremont Public Schools Embrace Custodian Contracting

FREMONT — Over the last three years, Fremont Public Schools have experienced declining enrollment and increased expenses for employee retirement and health insurance. To address budget deficits in recent years, the district already has eliminated 22 teaching positions, reduced athletics, cut bus routes and even sold timber from some of the trees on its properties.

This year, in addition to early retirements and layoffs, the district has privatized its custodial services.

The move is expected to save the district $100,000 in the first year alone. School board member Jim Featherstone told the Fremont Times Indicator, “As a board with no fund balance, we look at: Do you put in a teacher or a custodian?”

This contract was counted in the Mackinac Center’s 2006 summer privatization survey.