The Tuloso-Midway Independent School District is hoping that opting out of a maintenance agreement will help lower costs for the district.

Trustees voted May 18 to opt out of a maintenance contract with Aramark/Service Masters that has cost the district about $55,000 a month over the past six years.

The contract was first entered into in November 2003, which included employee salaries, as a one-year deal with an option for an additional four years. That option was picked up in 2004 and Aramark has been handling maintenance duties around the district since.

However, recent board meetings have resulted in numerous discussions on whether the district should continue on with Aramark or take over maintenance itself.

The district has now chosen not to renew its contract with Aramark, which will expire in November. The district will then resume all maintenance duties, Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez said.

The decision to wait until November is due to the fact that the district wants to wait until the completion of all of the district's bond projects before parting ways with Aramark, Gonzalez said. The projects are tentatively scheduled for completion in October, he added.

Also at Monday's meeting, the district's Education Foundation received a $5,000 donation from Aramark for its innovative teaching grants. The company is scheduled to make another $5,000 donation later this year.