2 join Mt. Pleasant board; cleaning deal to be bid

Source: Mark Ranzenberger, Morning Sun, January 8, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools will likely ask for new bids from private building maintenance companies to perform custodial work in the district’s 10 buildings…. Grand Rapids Building Services, a large, regional provider of custodial services, took over the job of cleaning Mt. Pleasant schools three years ago. The contract for the work expires this year.

The company offered Mt. Pleasant Schools a $15,000 credit and a promise of no price increase for three years if the school district renewed it. But board members said they’d like to see the results of the bidding process.

Mary Murphy, the district’s director of facilities, said that in 2009, the school district employed 33.5 full-time equivalent employees in maintenance. Today, the department has 4.75 workers, who concentrate on snow removal, outside maintenance, preventive maintenance and repairs. The cleaning work is done by the contractor….