Columbia School Board to vote on Battle High's custodial services

Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. CST; updated 10:21 p.m. CST, Monday, November 12, 2012

CORRECTION: A revised proposal from GCA Services projects savings of $240,756 for the 2013-14 school year. An earlier version of this story included an incorrect school year.

An earlier version of  : COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board will vote Monday night on whether to contract custodial services at Battle High School.

The board has discussed the possibility of outsourcing the custodial services in previous meetings but is expected to make a decision Monday about potentially contracting GCA Services, a facility services company.

A revised proposal from GCA projects savings of $240,756 for the 2013-14 school year.

The updated proposal includes better insurance benefits and increased salaries for employees to more closely mirror the Columbia Public Schools' model, according to documents on the district's website.

The original proposal from GCA had wage and benefit discrepancies between contracted employees and district employees, and several board members expressed concerns that this seemed unfair at their Oct. 8 meeting. 

If approved by the board, the 18-month contract would have two one-year renewal options and would be a pilot program at Battle only, according to documents on the district's website

Other agenda items the board is expected to vote on include:

  • A cooperative agreement about Battle High School's construction project, which would allow Boone County to cancel its obligatory payment of $250,000 to the district in order to use the money for road improvements near Battle. 
  • Approving the closing of the elementary property north of Battle High School if St. Charles Road Development Company meets three requirements regarding the extension of Battle Drive and pays for gas, water and electric utility services.
  • Bids on the installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning at four schools: Jefferson Junior High School, West Junior High School, Rock Bridge Elementary School and New Haven Elementary School. If the board votes to accept the current bids from Harold G. Butzer of Jefferson City, the work is scheduled to begin in summer 2013. 
  • Budget amendments for the 2012-13 school year.

The school board's meetings are open to the public. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building at 1818 W. Worley St.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Corey Parks November 12, 2012 | 7:40 a.m.

There should be enough troubled youth or kids staying after for detention that they would only need to hire 1-3 staff managers to run the "volunteer" workers every day. Why pay for a company to come in and do this type of work when they school is full of able bodied 14-18 year old's who need to learn how to work.

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