ARLINGTON (CBSDFW) – The Arlington City Council and Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to take a look at the potential money savings by combining some operations of the school district and city hall. The operations being considered include purchasing, accounts payable, grounds maintenance and food services.

The meeting will also explore the possibility of creating an Arlington ISD/City Council Joint Committee.

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“It just makes sense to sort of take a look at where we may be duplicating our efforts,” said Rebecca Rodriguez, the Marketing Communications Manager for the city. “Where are we spending our money – our resources? And is there a way to help each other out and share those resources?”

The city has enjoyed success in previously establishing a partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington, in which the two share a Canon Print Center for their printing needs. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck estimated the partnership would save the city “hundreds of thousands”.

The city and school district first sat down in May to explore the possiblity of creating a number of similar cost-saving partnerships. And Rodriguez sees value in continuing the dialogue.

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“There may be some areas where it doesn’t make any sense at all to change the way we do things,” she said. “There may be another situation where you don’t know until you ask.”

The meeting will be held at the Mac Bernd Professional Development Center at 5:00 p.m. No decisions are expected to be made tonight.

A full agenda for Thurday’s meeting is available online.

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