Contracted school foodservice growing in Michigan

Survey says 61% of districts contract for food, custodial or janitorial services.

Aug. 20—A statewide survey in Michigan shows 2012 has had the greatest growth ever in the number of state school districts that privatize services such as transportation, food service and custodial services.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy survey also indicated that Oakland County leads the way with the largest number of school districts that have outsourced these types of services to private companies.

The Mackinac Center’s 2012 school privatization survey indicates 61% of districts—335 out of 549—contract for food, custodial or janitorial services.