Administrators at the Holly Area Schools in Michigan have been exploring the option of outsourcing their custodial services for a number of years, but have received resistance from the existing custodial staff and their union representation.

According to reports in The County Times, administrators were forced to cut the budget for the third consecutive year, a move that forced them to look at the reduction of staff. That reduction included three from the custodial crew. Over the summer, two additional custodians retired from their positions, giving district officials the opportunity to review their options again. Instead of calling back the laid-off employees, administrators began tossing around the idea of outsourcing.

The decision is not yet final, but the Board of Education comments that regardless of outsourcing, no one would lose their jobs. They would instead be reassigned to other schools within the district.

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