Outsource option gets brush-off from TUSD

Source: Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star, March 13, 2013

Despite facing a $17 million district budget deficit, the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board voted Tuesday night against exploring the possibility of outsourcing various functions. Instead, the board will consider recommendations that have been made by employee groups and administrators to cut costs….

…While it is unclear exactly which recommendations will be negotiated, the teachers union submitted numerous options including suspension of a personal day for all employees for one year and using certified staff workers and administrators as substitute teachers two to five days a year. The employee group representing blue-collar workers suggested that a cost savings can be produced by having it leverage health insurance and life insurance for its members. This is the second time the Governing Board has considered outsourcing. In January, the board gave the district the green light to investigate advantages of outsourcing in operations, custodians, ground maintenance, transportation, human resources, payroll, benefits and technology operations. That was approved 3-2 with Juarez, Stegeman and Hicks voting yes. Grijalva and Foster voted no….
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Source: Craig Smith, KGUN9-TV, March 13, 2013

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