Gainesville School Board gives poor grade to janitorial contractor

Source: Marc Eggers, AccessNorthGa.com, September 16, 2013

The Gainesville City School Board Monday night had a “bone to pick” with the janitorial contracting service that took over the responsibility of cleaning city schools beginning July 1st. And it appeared that Cory Crane, Regional Operations Manager for Southern Management, was not aware of the level of dissatisfaction he was about to encounter as he stood before the Board. Crane was filling in for the Manager initially assigned to working with Gainesville Schools who had unexpectedly resigned days earlier. That manager had not informed Crane of the scope of the complaints that had arisen regarding the janitorial service Southern Management was to provide and Crane was obviously taken aback….Calkins and other Board members cited a survey they had circulated among school principals and administrative staff members regarding their experiences with Southern Management’s janitorial services at their respective schools. That survey showed overall dissatisfaction with Southern Management…. After the meeting Chairwoman Calkins said, “We’re willing to give them a second chance. We want it to work out. It’s a large contract…it’s a multimillion dollar contract…because it’s so important to have our schools clean.”…