HARPER CREEK, MI — The Harper Creek Community Schools Board of Education voted to lay off 17 custodians, almost a month after the board voted to privatize the custodial staff to save money during the 2010-2011 budget year; the layoffs will take effect July 1, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
By relinquishing custodial services to Hi-Tech Building Services, the district expects to save about $269,500, the article noted.
Secretary Gary Lincoln, who cast the only vote against privatizing custodial services, said he was concerned the new custodial workers will receive inferior pay and benefits compared with what district-employed workers now receive.
Trustee John Bailey said he hoped privatizing custodial services would allow the district to spend more money in the classroom. "Our job is to educate the kids, and as an educator of kids, should we be people who focus on other activities?" he said.
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