Although the Mackinac Center included no formal question about the lengths of time that various districts have been outsourcing services, many volunteered the information. The authors found much of the data to be fascinating, especially in the context of opposition to using private, for-profit vendors in Michigan school districts. The fact is competitive contracting has been part of school operations across the state for decades. Consider the following examples.

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Examples of Conventional Michigan School Districts That Have Contracted for Decades

District

County

Service

Time

Bedford Public Schools

Monroe

Food Service

30 Years

Clio Area Schools

Genesee

Food Service

25 Years

East China School District

St. Clair

Food Service

More than 30 Years

Fulton Schools

Gratiot

Food Service

More Than 20 Years

Harper Creek Schools

Calhoun

Food Service

25 Years

Jackson Public Schools

Jackson

Food Service

More than 20 Years

Monroe Public Schools

Monroe

Food Service

Since 1970s

Muskegon Public Schools

Muskegon

Food Service

More than 20 Years

Pinckney Community Schools

Livingston

Food Service

30 Years

River Rouge School District

Wayne

Food Service

Since 1970s

South Redford School District

Wayne

Food Service

More than 20 Years

Sterling Community Schools

Arenac

Food Service

More than 20 Years

Stockbridge Public Schools

Ingham

Food Service

More than 30 Years

Vulcan Area Schools

Dickinson

Transportation

Since 1940s

Wayland Union Schools

Allegan

Food Service

More than 20 Years