Bullitt County schools looking into outsourcing cleaning services

SHEPHERSDVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bullitt County's school superintendent says he has found a way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for the district. But, his proposal has left many angry.

The idea is to outsource cleaning services, effecting about 80 custodial staff.

The superintendent sent out a letter, informing the custodial staff about a proposal to outsource their jobs. He held a private meeting Wednesday with those effected.

Many employees were fearful of losing their jobs and did not want to share their identity.

"We need to know who is going to be in these buildings with our kids," said one custodian.

"We love our jobs and don't want to lose it," said another custodian.

Custodians at Bullitt County Schools are in limbo on what the future may hold. They poured into the Bullitt Central High School auditorium for a closed door meeting.

School superintendent Keith Davis is discussing his proposal to outsource the cleaning service. He says it could save the district $240,000 a year. 80 employees would lose their jobs.

"The decision has not been entered into lightly, but the bottom line is that taxpayers expect that we operate as efficiently as possible and direct as many resources as possible to enhancing the education of our students," said Superintendent Keith Davis.

Davis says he has already gotten interest from cleaning companies. The proposal is set for next weeks board agenda on February 21.

If the board feels like its an idea worth pursuing, proposals will be solicited.

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