Many people present at Monday''s school board meeting were skeptical until the figures were broken down so they could be easily understood, the story stated.
For $1.49 million a year, Grand Rapids Cleaning Services
will provide services comparable to what the district is paying custodians $2.024 a year for, the story noted.
According to the story, Grand Rapids Cleaning Services will also purchase the district''s cleaning equipment for $300,000.
Contractors can perform work much cheaper than in-house custodians can because their wages and benefits are so much lower than what school districts pay, the story added.