Franklin considers outsourcing school custodians - WKRN News 2

Franklin considers outsourcing school custodians

Roxie Patton has worked at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin for seven years. Roxie Patton has worked at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin for seven years.

Thirty custodial workers in the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) face an uncertain job future.

Because of a million dollar budget shortfall, the district's board is considering outsourcing custodial positions.

John McAdams, the district's associate director of schools for finance, told Nashville's News 2 his figures indicate about $667,000 would be saved on a yearly basis with the proposal from the outsourcing company GCA.

One of those affected is Roxie Patton who has been at Johnson Elementary in Franklin for seven years.

"There are just a lot of questions for us," said told Nashville's News 2 Monday. "We'll get less pay and fewer benefits, and who knows who will be hired."

McAdams says the district's top paid custodian currently makes $17.95 an hour.  Under the GCA proposal that individual would make $13.95 hourly.

Patton says it's about more than just dollars and cents.

"I know all the parents, teachers and the kids.  What if someone is new is in these schools?" she asked. "This school is part of our life, these children are part of our life, we all know parents and teachers, and they all know us and trust us."

The district says current custodians "will get first shot" at being hired by GCA if board members approve if they get recommended and pass background checks.

FSSD board chair Sherry Badger told Nashville's News 2 that "she's very concerned about the impact on employees," and the board is "looking at a combination of things" to balance the FSSD budget saying "we want to save money and keep any property tax increase minimal if considered."

She indicated that salaries make up about 80% of the FSSD budget.

Badger said there will likely be two budgets for the board to consider.

"One will have the outsourcing, one will not," she said.  

A vote on the outsourcing as part of the budget is scheduled for next Monday.

GCA is no stranger to Middle Tennessee. It has had a contract in Metro Schools since 2010.

A recent Metro audit showed that it saved $6.5 million in 2011.

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