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School board weighs outsourcing janitors
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IN BRIEF: The Board of Education weighed new budget options Thursday that would either outsource janitorial services altogether (option 1) or outsource through attrition (option 2), replacing janitorial staff as they left with employees of an outsourced company. Cabinet staff recommended the board go with option 1. Chief Financial Officer Lee Davis said the company that had produced the most competative bid for janitorial outsourcing, GCP, had agreed to keep all janitorial employees who pass background checks/drug tests and to continue paying them at the same rate. Employees would have more opportunities for promotion, and the school would no longer have to handle personnel matters and would be able to "get out of the business of cleaning buildings," according to Davis. According to a company representative, GCP is one of the largest janitorial companies, with 170 school systems and educational clients nation-wide, including 30 in Tennessee. Rockdale County Public Schools would be GCP's first Georgia account.

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There were no public comments at the Rockdale County Board of Education public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget at 6:30 p.m. at 954 N. Main Street.

The BOE finance committee will hold a called meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The BOE work session will begin at 7 p.m.

RCPS FY2013 budget