Board of Education privatizes bus drivers, custodians

Source: By Jackie Harrison-Martin, News Herald (MI) Tuesday, June 15, 2010

 “This is their worst fear, and this was our worst fear.”

Those were the words of school board President Alvin Szczepaniak on the decision Wednesday by the Board of Education to privatize transportation and custodial/maintenance work in the district.

… First Student, based in Ohio, and GCA Services Group, based out of Illinois, will handle the transportation and custodial/maintenance services, respectively.

…. Smith said the bus drivers have been hired by the company at the same pay rate received through the district. However, many in transportation and custodial/maintenance will have to pay a portion of their health insurance.

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