Southfield Public Schools is contracting security guards, rather than continuing to employ them, Deputy Superintendent Kenson Siver said.
On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved a three-year contract with Southfield-based Guardian Guard Services beginning July 1. The cost ranges from more than $480,000 the first year to more than $509,000 in the third year, according to the district. Employing in-house security cost just under $1 million a year, Siver said.
Guardian Guard Services said it will provide a minimum of 15 officers at eight different schools. Siver said the district previously had 11 guards.
The Southfield Police Department is still to provide liaisons in the district's two high schools, Siver said.