Custodial jobs safe for now
KNOXVILLE, TN — Custodians in the Knox County School District will still have their jobs for at least the next year, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Superintendent Jim McIntyre felt there wasn''t enough time between now and the beginning of the school year in August to properly transition from in-house cleaning to a private contractor, the article stated.
According to the article, the district will now look towards the summer of 2012 for the potential outsourcing of custodial services.
"This will allow appropriate time to clarify any questions about the custodial services bid, affirm a successful bidder, negotiate a potential contract and give the board of education ample time to carefully consider such a contract later this summer or early this fall," McIntyre said.
"If the board of education does approve a negotiated contract for custodial services, this revised schedule would give adequate planning time for a smooth and seamless transition to occur in the summer of 2012," McIntyre added.
Jerelene Clark, a district custodian, is grateful for the temporary reprieve, but is still cautious, the article noted.
"We''re safe for one year … but we still are going to be fighting the fight," said Clark, who has participated in demonstrations asking the school system to reconsider.
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