Source: By KELLY MELHART, STAR-TELEGRAM (TX), Wed, Mar. 01, 2006
Managing the Keller school district’s maintenance department is proving to be difficult, expensive and a source of frustration for some trustees and administrators. In September, trustees fired the district’s maintenance contractor, Aramark School Services, after learning of missing records, broken equipment and financial mismanagement. Now a new company that trustees hired to move the maintenance department under district control says it expects the district to pay $285,170, almost twice as much as the $164,000 that the company and district officials originally agreed to. ….. Trustees learned of the cost overruns Feb. 10 in an informal report. The overruns were never mentioned in periodic maintenance reports that were shared with the school board. According to the original contract, The School Business Group was to receive $84,000 for temporarily overseeing the maintenance department, which includes custodians, and grounds and maintenance workers.