WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Purdue University
says it will not hire a private company to perform custodial services and has decided instead to keep the 700 janitor jobs in-house, according to the Chicago Tribune.
School officials said that an internal review found the quality of work done by the janitors at the school is better than what a private company could offer.
There are also intangible benefits, such as relationships with students and staff and the ability to create a secure environment and respond to emergencies, the article stated.
According to the article, Indiana colleges and universities have been looking at ways to save money since December, when Governor Mitch Daniels
ordered a reduction of $150 million in higher education funding through June 2011 because of shortfalls in projected state tax revenues.
In March, administrators began an assessment of the services and purchases made across the campus custodial divisions as part of attempting to identify cost savings in the face of an expected $67 million deficit by summer 2012 because of sagging state revenue, the article noted.