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School districts team up to save on maintenance, supplies

February 18, 2010
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PLAINWELL, MI — The Plainwell Community Schools and Otsego Public Schools are joining together to consolidate maintenance services and bulk-buy cleaning supplies to save upwards of $60,000, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

According to the story, the school districts are soliciting joint bids from lawn maintenance firms and aiming to save at least 10 percent by working with a consultant to receive better prices by bulk-buying paper, trash liners, toilet paper, paper towels and some basic cleaning supplies.

Otsego Public Schools Superintendent Denny Patzer said: "Consolidating these services seems to make the most sense for our districts right now. Working on these projects enables us to take some baby steps towards making sure that other consolidation ideas will work."
Supply cost savings could amount to thousands of dollars for the districts, the story stated.

The school districts are also looking at a transportation consolidation plan for additional savings, the story added.

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