Rockridge schools consider outsourcing maintenance


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Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 10:35 pm
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By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com
ROCKRIDGE — The school board this week discussed hiring FBG Service Corp. for custodial, maintenance and snow removal, drawing criticism from current custodial and maintenance employees.

Officials said that if they decide to go with FBG, current custodial and maintenance workers could re-apply for their jobs through FBG, but would have to take a pay cut and lose benefits through the school.

The current average pay is $16,066 per year for custodial and maintenance positions.

"We're trying to do our best to work our way through it," board president Dan Neneman said.

FBG was the only company to bid on the maintenance and custodial services. Hiring them would save the district $153,158 per year.

FBG proposes to bring in 12 employees while the school currently has 13 full-time and one part-time employees.

In other business, the board:

— Accepted the resignation of Andalusia Elementary and Illinois City Elementary principal Patrick Helling

— Approved hiring Lance Clark as principal at Andalusia Elementary andSarah Boone as principal at Taylor Ridge Elementary and Illinois City Elementary

— Approved hiring Kayla Dixon as a high school art teacher

— Approved a bid of $180,320 from Economy Roofing for repairs to the roof at Andalusia Elementary

— Learned choir teacher Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger was named a Master Teacher by the Dispatch/Argus.



















 



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