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Privatization not likely

May 5, 2011

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL — After reaching a tentative agreement between district and union officials, privatization at Okaloosa County Schools is unlikely, according to NWF Daily News.

If approved by the school board and members of the Okaloosa County Educational Support Professional Association, the proposal could save the district nearly $3.1 million over five years, the article stated.

According to the article, the new plan includes pay freezes and cuts and the termination of a contract with the cleaning company that has been cleaning a number of district schools as a part of a pilot privatization program.

"I think we all see it as necessary at a time when the economy is stressed that we participate in the efforts to reduce costs," said Patrick Strong, the union''s president.

With these changes taking place, the district would keep their current employees and have the opportunity to hire at least 50 more, the article noted.

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