Lee school board considers outsourcing custodial jobs

Source: Brittany Shammas, Naples Daily News, February 17, 2013

The Lee County School District is considering outsourcing custodial jobs to trim its budget, a route that sparked months of controversy when taken by Collier County nearly five years ago…. District administrators estimate they could save $4 million annually in retirement contributions, health insurance coverage and other benefits by contracting a private company to handle custodians….

…In September 2008, the Collier board voted to outsource the work to CGA Services Group. The company hired 79 percent of the district’s 250 custodial employees, administrators said…. Outsourcing custodial jobs has come up in Lee County as recently as 2009, with school board members eventually dropping the idea. In 2003, the district contracted custodial services to ServiceMaster, but bought its way out after losing money on the deal….