Outsourcing votes on tonight’s Farmington school board agenda

Farmington Public Schools officials are expected to vote tonight on whether to outsource the district’s transportation and custodial services to private companies.

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Signs that support keeping Farmington Schools custodial and transportation services “in house” have popped up across town over the past several weeks.

If the agenda is approved as published, the recommendations will be among the first items addressed during the 7 p.m. meeting held at North Farmington High School.

The district received five responses to the winter request for proposals (RFPs), and a review committee chose three finalists in each category. In April, attorney Jeremy Motz, of Clark Hill PLC, said based on the current costs of groundskeeping services, outsourcing in that area would not bring substantial savings.

Outsourcing transportation would result in “gross savings” of $325,000 to $950,000 in the first year, and a three-year savings of $775,000 to $2.7 million, Motz said. Gross savings for outsourcing custodial ranged from $1.1 million to $1.5 million in the first year, and a three-year savings of $3.2 million to $4.5 million.

Tonight’s meeting will be held in the school auditorium and broadcast live on TV-10. The agenda and supporting materials are posted on the district’s website, farmington.k12.mi.us.