District will privatize custodial services

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

“This really should as seamless a transition as could be,” Norton said.

The savings the district will realize should be on the high side of the ballpark provided Monday as the most basic level of services provided by GCA will be an improvement for county schools, maintenance/transportation director Greg Layfield said.

“We don’t have adequate coverage, especially at the high schools” in light of workforce cuts the past several years, Layfield said. “They would provide an upgrade from where we are now.”

But the decision to privatize custodial, Norton made clear Monday, was just a toe in the water for the coming budget cycle, which will begin in earnest at the regular board meeting next week.

The board will at that time take up the formal contract for custodial services as well as begin the examination of areas identified by Norton and district staff for possible cuts.

“The staff and I, we have our work cut out for us,” Norton said.

The district must still trim, at least, $760,000 from the budget, a process that is likely to mean impacts not only to the workforce but potentially to programs.

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