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School exploring privatization option

October 04, 2011
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HEMLOCK, MI — While Hemlock Public Schools looks at privatization as a way to save money, current custodial employees see it as "a punch in the stomach," according to The Saginaw News.

Bob Weiskirch, a district custodian, spoke out at a recent board meeting, saying Hemlock custodians haven’t gotten a raise since 2008 and have been faced with higher insurance fees, the article stated.

According to the article, the issue of privatization was tabled until December, but the board gave Superintendent Corinne "Corey" Netzley the authority to determine how to provide the additional custodial hours.

Netzley was given two options to fill the vacant custodial positions, including paying overtime to current custodians or contracting with Portland, Michigan-based Professional Contract Management Inc. (PCMI) to provide substitute custodians prior to the December board meeting, the article noted.

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