District will privatize custodial services

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM.

The process, though not formally ratified during Monday’s meeting, is to “piggy-back” on a similar move and contract from Bay County, Norton said.

Bay County went out for qualifications and bids and four companies applied. Bay County School District chose the lowest bidder, GCA Education Services out of Knoxville, TN.

GCA made a presentation at the prior Gulf School Board meeting and Norton said the intention would be to “piggy-back” on the Bay County contract since the district had been through the qualification and bid process.

The School Board has not yet finalized a contract with GCA, only specified that the district will privatize custodial services.

The privatization will impact 11-12 employees, who will be laid off by the district.

Through an agreement between GCA and the district, those employees will be provided first opportunity to apply for the same positions under GCA, Norton said.

He said the largest impact would be that the employees would no longer be paying into the Florida public employees retirement system though those vested would maintain their current balances.

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