By Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi state auditor’s office says school districts in the state could save more than $200 million a year by eliminating inefficient contracts and sharing services such as facilities maintenance, textbooks and transportation with other school districts.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1GaIFY6) that the auditor’s office released the report last week. Researchers looked at expenditures by school districts that share services with one or more other school district versus those that don’t. They also examined districts that contracted out services as opposed to using in-house employees.

Researchers found school districts that use contracting spend more money than if the same services had been provided through shared services. Districts that used shared services saved $116 million.

The study recommends districts competitively bid contracts and use stricter requirements for vendors.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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