COLUMBIA, MO — The Columbia Board of Education has rejected a proposal to outsource maintenance staff at Battle High School after hearing concerns from Columbia Public Schools janitors, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Custodial employees who have been with the district for more than 10 years were worried about what the proposal would do to their jobs, and some even discussed early retirement, the article stated.
According to the article, the proposal was presented as a cost-saving measure, with the initial plan saving the district $298,792, and the revised planned would have saved $240,756.
Battle, the district's newest school, would have served as an experiment for outsourcing custodial staffs, but the custodians saw it differently, the article noted.
"This is being called a pilot program. Most custodians think it's the beginning of a program to eliminate our jobs within Columbia Public Schools," said district custodial employee Jeff Hempstead.
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