SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield School Committee is considering returning to an in-house custodial crew for its schools, according to The Republican.
Springfield Schools have been using a private firm to clean its buildings for five years, the article stated.
According to the article, a special meeting of the committee will be held on May 17 to determine returning to city employees.
"When you can employ city residents at a decent living wage and save money at the same time, that''s a home-run," said School Committee member Christopher Collins, chairman of the budget and finance subcommittee.
The city currently uses both contract and in-house cleaning, using S.J. Services, doing business as EduClean, for after-school custodial services, and a smaller crew of city custodians during the day, the article noted.
If the committee approves the plan on the table, the city would employ 200 full-time custodians, 24 part-time custodians and three supervisors to cover daytime and nighttime shifts, the article added.
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