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In-house custodians to be replaced

May 14, 2012

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will replace half of its current custodial staff with contract cleaners, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The staff was told of the decision late last week, the article stated.

"We were informed that our facilities department had to be downsized by 100 employees. We were told it''s cheaper for them to contract out our jobs," said Dorothy White, a custodian at APS for 28 years.

According to the article, school system spokesman Keith Bromery placed the number of job cuts closer to 75 of the 150 custodians on staff.

"It''s a recommendation from the superintendent that about half of the district''s custodial positions be abolished, and we''re going to bring in custodial contractors," said Bromery.

Superintendent Erroll Davis wants to keep custodial staffers at elementary schools only, and then only during the day, the article noted.

Contractors will then be responsible for cleaning overnight at all schools and during the day at middle schools and high schools, the article added.

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