November 28, 2007 IMLAY CITY — The school district has decided to explore outsourcing some of their custodial services.
Director of Business Services Amy Swantek informed the board at their Monday meeting that they'll be accepting bids for evening custodial services at Borland Elementary through Dec. 10.
After the board's finance committee reviews the bids, the matter may come before the board for a vote at the Dec. 17 meeting.
A pre-bid meeting is slated for Dec. 6 at 3:15 p.m. at the board office followed by a site inspection of the school for interested bidders.
Sealed bids will be due Dec. 10 by 2 p.m.
Supt. Gary Richards said that no custodial jobs would be lost if an outside company was awarded the bid.
"We are implementing this through natural attrition as we already have two vacancies within our custodial department," Richards said.
"This is a pilot program and if it proves to be productive and will save the district money, we will continue to outsource through natural attrition."
Since January, when the school district released a list of cost reduction and revenue enhancement suggestions for the public to weigh in on, outsourcing custodial jobs was on the list. Custodial services remained untouched during the first round of $750,000 in cut backs in April. At that time, outsourcing was only delegated to substitute teachers, but the district warned that additional cuts would still be necessary due to cuts in state funding.
Richards said the new substitute system is working well. Beginning Dec. 3, the district will use an automated substitute calling service. The district has already seen savings in less paperwork, Richards added.
In other school board business:
•A middle school student was expelled for 180 days.
•The board entered into a closed session to discuss a complaint about a staff member.
•Needed repairs to the schools' roofs, track, old tennis courts and baseball grandstand were briefly discussed. Deby Smith, director of building and grounds, is in the midst of creating a priority list and estimates, which will be presented at the next board meeting on Dec. 17.
•The board accepted a plaque from Jeff and Wendy Schaller and the Imlay City Storm football team and cheerleaders, thanking the school for use of the facilities.