Source: Randy Wimbley, Fox2 Detroit, August 29, 2015
More than a dozen custodians will be unemployed in a few days as jobs are outsourced to a private company. The school board says the move will get the district back on solid financial footing among a number of cost cutting moves. Teachers and administrators took a 3 percent paycut but the move is not sitting well with some. … Parents and custodians gave clawson school board members an earful after trustees voted 4-3 to outsource custodial services. Thirteen employees including Dan McHale who’s been with the district for nearly 30 years will be unemployed in a matter of days.
Clawson school board votes to privatize custodial services
Source: Victoria Mitchell, C&G Newspapers, August 12, 2015
The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education voted Aug. 10 in favor of privatizing its custodial services, a move supporters say will save the district $300,000. The Clawson High School media center held a full house of attendees for the meeting. The final tally was 4-3 in favor of entering into a three-year intergovernmental agreement for custodial maintenance services with Ferndale Public Schools to utilize that district’s private firm, GCA Services Group. … Through the agreement, Clawson Public Schools will outsource its custodial services with GCA Services Group employees and lay off 13 custodians employed through the district. …
District to decide on privatizing custodial services
Source: Victoria Mitchell, C & G News, July 22, 2015
The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education will decide next month on whether to enter into an agreement resulting in privatizing maintenance and custodial services in the district….Board President Jessica Back said that although she’s deeply saddened about having to support privatization of custodial services, other district employees are shouldering the brunt of the cutbacks. “I have real trouble justifying holding on to the custodial staff when we already cut teacher salaries, we’ve cut teachers’ salaries by 3 percent, plus we’ve asked them to take more concessions, and that is a hard thing to do and that directly affects students,” she said..
..Many residents and custodial workers attended the July 13 meeting in support of keeping the custodial staff. “Above all, I have safety concerns,” said parent Christen Wilder. “I can walk into Schalm school and recognize the faces of those people that belong there, but more importantly, the custodians know who does or doesn’t belong in a building.” The lifetime resident and parent of two children said she is concerned that an outside company would not provide the dedication to after-school activities, fundraisers, practices and events. “I would hope that maybe some maneuvers to streamline services and increase productivity and efficiency could be explored,” she said. Tony Dematties, head night custodian at Kenwood Elementary School, named a long list of duties the custodians perform in addition to cleaning. “Other attributes we bring are the familiarity of buildings, equipment, children, families and the community, and our genuine concern with keeping the children safe,” he said. Dematties said outsourcing will hurt the district, children, staff and community.
School district considers privatizing custodial services
Source: Victoria Mitchell, C&G Newspapers, June 17, 2015
The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education began publicly discussing privatizing its custodial services last week in an attempt to save more than a quarter of a million dollars. …. The district’s 2015-16 budget projects a fund balance, like a rainy day bank account, of just below 2 percent of the $22 million general fund. The district’s goal is a minimum of 5 percent. …. The district employs 13 custodians covering 419,543 square feet of buildings and 20 acres of property. Clawson Public Schools has 1,750 students and is expected to drop to 1,700 students in the 2015-16 school year.
Privatization would result in layoffs of the current custodial staff….. Under the privatization plan, Clawson would hire GCA Services Group and receive the services of 21.5 custodians, including two full-time maintenance men and two dedicated groundskeepers….