PCI contract might mean more pink slips in USD 204

Source: Melissa Treolo, Chieftain, April 12, 2011

Over the next school year, USD 204 could save $180,000, says facilities director John Scheurer. But that savings might come with a hefty price: The jobs of several district custodians….Scheurer said the district currently pays about $787,000 annually to clean the district buildings, and that includes about $405,000 in salaries for the 12 custodians, $347,000 for the current contract with PCI and about $35,000 in cleaning supplies at BSHS and BSE. He said the district could expect to see a savings of $180,000 in the 2011-2012 school year if the board approves PCI’s proposal, which offers a discounted rate for adding all five schools. But that might be a big “if” come Monday night. Board member Dave Pierce said losing any more staff members due to budget cuts would be a difficult pill for him to swallow.

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