AUGUSTA, GA — The school board is considering abandoning supervision of its custodial staff and contracting with a private company, Southern Management, of Columbus, Ga., to clean schools, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
By outsourcing, the school system potentially could save more than $5 million over three years, the article noted.
Another motivator for school officials to consider outsourcing is improving the quality of services: Based on industry standards, the school system employs too many custodians for the quality of services they receive, the article stated.
According to the article, Southern Management''s proposal said that it could provide the quality of cleaning service that is currently received by schools with 109 employees — 77 fewer than are now working for the school system.
Regardless of the board''s eventual decision about outsourcing, changes will be made to how the custodial staff operates, the article added.
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