26 School Custodians Laid Off Pending Privatization

Source: Samantha Turner, North Kingstown Patch, June 26, 2012

The school committee makes big changes to its support staff in an especially contentious meeting Monday night….The North Kingstown School Committee made significant changes to its support staff at a special meeting Monday night, rejecting the arbitrator’s award for the Educational Support Professionals’ contract and laying off its entire custodial staff in anticipation of privatizing the positions…. The committee voted to award a bid to GCA to privatize the district’s custodial department and will plan to award the contract at its meeting Tuesday night. Though the staff got the axe, GCA has made a verbal agreement to hire all of North Kingstown’s current custodians as long as they pass a BCI check. The custodians will be rehired at the company’s “enhanced wage.”…

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