In spite if the overwhelming trend to outsource staff to save money, Chillicothe, Mo. shcool district executives decided to maintain management of the district’s custodial and maintenance staff, but will hire a part-time supervisor to oversee the department.

According to reports from Constitution-Tribune, Dr. Linda Gray Smith, superintendent, recommended the proposal, which calls for maintaining the current staff, with differentiated job responsibilities and pay, and hiring the part-time supervisor. She explained that the plan would result in a savings of $21,056.

The 2010-11 budget for custodial and maintenance totals $692,152. The district had received three proposals from interested outside contract companies for the work, however Smith said the district would benefit more from keeping the work “in house.”

The part-time supervisor, she noted, would be sought among current employees.