Bentley School District considers outsourcing some support staff jobs

Source: by RoNeisha Mullen, The Flint Journal (MI), Wednesday June 25, 2008

The Bentley Board of Education is considering outsourcing the work of some 40 support staff members, prompting the employees to plead the case for saving their jobs. …… In an effort to cut costs, the district is considering outsourcing services provided by paraprofessionals; custodial, grounds and maintenance crews; food service workers; secretaries; and bus drivers.

…… Decreases in state aid and declining student enrollment have forced other districts to explore outsourcing.

…… Jaquita McCrory, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees representative for the support staff at Bentley, said the outlook is good. “The board has never said they were outsourcing –Â they’re just looking at options,” McCrory said. “I think there’s still hope. Together I’m hoping we can work this out and everybody stays where they are.”