New School Votes to Outsource Custodial Services
Despite a show of overwhelming opposition from community members, Lakeview's (Michigan) board of education has approved the outsourcing of custodial services at the new high school. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the new agreement is expected to save the district about $220,000 over an 18-month period, but will cost two loyal custodians their jobs.
About 50 community members, a mix of custodial staff, parents and district employees, attended the meeting Monday to demonstrate their right to free speech. More than 12 residents addressed the board, all opposed to the privatization, citing concerns with safety, services and job cuts to "loyal employees" if the board approved the proposal.
Effective December 17, the contract with Hi-Tec Building Services will last 18 months and will cost the district $285,948, including benefits, for 10 custodians.
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