BUCHANAN — After finishing its fiscal year with an amended $228,000 deficit, Buchanan Community Schools began soliciting bids for custodial and transportation services, according to the St. Joseph Herald-Palladium.

The district issued a request for proposals to provide these services. Five companies responded to the RFP for custodial services, but none for transportation.

The savings from the prospective custodial firms range from $358,000 to $561,000, the Herald-Palladium reported.

A decision whether to accept a contract is estimated to occur in early May, according to district business manager Rick Bell.

“We cannot raise taxes locally to get more money, and we are required to have a balanced budget at the end of the school year. Funds must be spent wisely to prepare our children for their futures,” school board members wrote in the Berrien County Record.

Recall petitions against board members have been circulated, the Herald-Palladium reported.

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