BRADENTON, FL — The Manatee County School Board has finalized plans to outsource the custodial staffs at four district schools, according to The Bradenton Times.
The districts expects to save around $160,000 a year by contracting custodial services out at Haile Middle School and Miller, Prine and Braden River elementary schools, the article stated.
According to the article, Bruce Mohr, president of the union representing custodial workers, warned that the decision to outsource services could end up costing the district more and could reduce the level of service students and staff are receiving.
"These custodians do a lot more than clean," said Mohr.
"They move items for teachers and staff. They mount pencil sharpeners, set-up and take down things for school functions, assemble furniture or direct traffic. They are there for whatever the school needs," Mohr added.
Board Chair, Robert Gause was quick to remind people that the program was a pilot plan, the article noted.
"If this works, then great; if not, we won’t take it any further. I do agree that there is something to be said when long-term employees take ownership of the situation and treat a school like it’s their home," said Gause.
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