Superintendent still looking to outsource services

Source: Sean Kinney,, April 02, 2011

Despite no takers in the Monroe County School District’s effort to privatize food service, Superintendent Joseph Burke said he would pursue other opportunities at privatization.

At the beginning of March, district staff released a request for proposals seeking to bring in an outside firm to operate and manage food service in schools Keyswide. Food-service workers (there are 47) rallied to preserve their jobs, pleading with the School Board at its March 8 meeting to retain the service in-house. Three firms — Sodexho, Chartwell’s and Aramark — had expressed initial interest, and executives with them were even taken around the Keys schools on a charter bus for which the district paid $2,700. But none of the three returned bids by the March 29 deadline….

…But Burke said his staff is considering issuing another RFP seeking companies that could take over custodial and groundskeeping services for the district. Those functions are now done by 75 custodians and nine groundskeepers, district Human Resources Director Cheryl Allen said.

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