Central Montcalm Public School votes against privatizing noninstructional services

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 9:41 am on Friday, June 06, 2014

STANTON— The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted against outsourcing noninstructional services at their May 28 meeting.

In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Mike Barnwell absent, the board voted against privatization and discussed other options for the delivery of non-instructional services.

“The board opted to follow my recommendation and continue using our own people,” said Superintendent Kristi Teall.

Board President Roxanne Switzer explained the services in question include those of the transportation department, along with custodial and grounds-keeping.

The Daily News has sent a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to Central Montcalm Public School to obtain more details about the school district’s budget situation and privatization discussions.

Also at a recent meeting, the school board accepted the resignation of Teall, who has accepted a similar position in her hometown of St. Louis, Mich. Her last day at Central Montcalm will be June 30.

“We can’t begrudge her for a choice that is better for her and her family,” said Switzer.

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