Source: Amber South, publicopinionnews.com, June 13, 2014
Tuscarora School District Board of Education will vote Monday on adopting the 2014-15 district budget. …. To bring the tax increase down, the board has gone through with various cost-saving measures that will save the district about $600,000 for 2014-15. According to Business Manager Eric Holtzman, they include …. insourcing maintenance tasks that were previously completed by outside companies. There were other things as well….
Committee will make recommendation on fate of director of facilities in Tuscarora
Source: Amber South, publicopinionnews.com, March 24, 2014
Tuscarora school board will hold off on deciding whether or not to cut the position of director of facilities operations.
School board President Clifford Smith announced at the special board meeting Monday that the buildings and grounds committee would instead review the administration’s recommendation to cut the position, and make their own recommendation to the school board, likely at the April board meeting. The school board made the decision in an executive session prior to Monday’s meeting.
In a packet provided at the meeting, Superintendent Charles Prijatelj stated that eliminating the position could save the district $559,994 over five years.
His original recommendation to cut the director of facilities operations, held by Stanley Morgan, followed many weeks of contemplation over outsourcing the entire department of maintenance and custodial workers. The school board even voted to solicit bids on three options to make that happen.
“As it stands now, the board has decided that is not the way we want to go,” Smith said. ….
…Quinn added that the director of facilities “gives the district continuity” in working with contractors, and “is our watchdog” by ensuring contractors do what they are paid to do.
“It would be premature and imprudent to eliminate the facilities director position,” she said.
But according to Prijatelj, per the information packet, the position “is a redundant position that was created to deal with construction manager type tasks. At this time, our construction/renovation projects represent no more than 10 to 15 days of consultation work a year. Even with the proposed insourcing of maintenance services, this position is an unneeded luxury.” …