The Eau Claire school district could outsource some of its services someday, an idea that could save schools money but put present workers’ jobs at risk.
The ability to outsource jobs could become part of the district’s new employee handbook, a document expected to eventually replace collectively bargained contracts. The school board must approve the handbook before it can take effect in July, when bargained contracts expire.
The union contracts prohibit the district from hiring outside companies to provide services – such as custodial, clerical or food – in schools, said Fred Weissenburger, the district’s human resources director. But the handbook, he said, could reverse that, allowing schools to hire outside companies to provide those and other types of services.