BLOOMFIELD HILLS — After seeking bids from companies to provide its custodial and transportation services, Bloomfield Hills Schools decided to accept concessions from its support service union, according to the Rochester Eccentric. The savings the union offered were commensurate with offers from private firms.

The district signed a five-year contract with its union — which is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — that may save the district $2.1 million. Savings come from a wage reduction and freeze for the first three years of the contract, an increase in employee health care contributions and changes in vacation and holiday schedules, according to the Eccentric.

In February, the district also decided to consolidate its buildings for an anticipated savings of $2.3 million.

Reference: "Bloomfield Hills Schools won't privatize services," Rochester Eccentric, April 5, 2009