Facing an estimated $50 million shortfall in next year’s budget, DeKalb schools may resort to outsourcing custodial and maintenance work now done by 700 employees. The district is exploring whether outsourcing the work will be cheaper than paying its own personnel.
While I understand the pain caused by any job losses, it seems that DeKalb is looking at a better solution than laying off teachers. If some of these non classroom jobs can be performed more cheaply by outside contractors, it would save the taxpayers money.
With the size of the shortfalls that DeKalb and other counties are confronting, jobs are going to have to be eliminated.
Shouldn’t those jobs be outside the classroom?
The school system is considering privatizing custodians and maintenance jobs, including grounds-keeping, painting, window glazing, heating and air-conditioning, equipment repair and pest control.
“The objective is not to eliminate employees, but to save taxpayer dollars,”