Middletown School Board Ends Contract With Outside Firm To Hire Facilities Director

Source: Shawn R. Beals, Hartford Courant, May 11, 2016

The board of education will end its relationship with facilities management company Sodexo, opting to hire its own facilities director instead of outsourcing the duties. … The board voted unanimously against renewing Sodexo’s contract for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The contract was set to increase about $20,000 in the next fiscal year to about $1.97 million. The current contract will expire at the end of the fiscal year June 30. The board had paid the company to bring in a manager and handle a host of duties within the $7.8 million facilities budget including day-to-day supervision, purchasing and project management. … AFSCME Local 466 has been asking the school board to end the contract for three years. The union is pleased with the vote, said union spokesman Larry Dorman. …

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Middletown School Board Extends Sodexo Contract Despite Union Objections
Source: Shawn R. Beals, Courant, June 11, 2015

The board of education on Tuesday night extended the contract of facilities management company Sodexo for the 2015-16 school year, despite objections from both the union representing facilities staff and Republican board members. Those who supported the contract said they expect better performance from Sodexo in personnel matters, but are pleased with much of the company’s performance in cutting costs and accomplishing projects that have been delayed for years. The board voted 4-3 to extend the contract, which will cost $1.95 million. …

Sodexo comes under fire at Middletown school board meeting
Source: Brian Zahn, Middletown Press, March 12, 2015

Members of the Board of Education authorized Superintendent Patricia Charles to find a disinterested party to conduct an independent review of how much the facilities management company Sodexo is saving the school district Tuesday. …. Thibodeau also referenced a Jan. 6 incident in which Woodrow Wilson Middle School cafeteria workers reported a gas odor in the morning, and Sodexo facilities management director Judy Yoder ordered employees to continue working, which he believes put the employees and students’ lives at risk. Woodrow Wilson building Superintendent Denise Privott also told the board that the savings Sodexo approved for things such as garbage bags and cleaning supplies provided her with low-quality equipment that made custodial work excessively difficult….

Middletown Union Objects To School District Outsourcing
Source: Shawn R. Beals, Hartford Courant, May 2, 2014

The city employee union said it objects to the board of education’s outsourcing of cafeteria and facilities management. The board approved hiring Sodexo, a Maryland-based national company, about a year ago in an attempt to stop yearly deficits from the school cafeterias. The contract did not include layoffs, but replaced the facilities director and food service director, who both took an early retirement incentive offer. …. Union officials say they remain unconvinced about the benefits of outsourcing local operations. “It’s very easy to say it’s providing savings, but it’s a lot harder to prove,” said Larry Dorman, a spokesman for AFSCME Council 4, the parent union for Middletown Local 466. “These are complicated agreements so there definitely is a problem with transparency too.”