Custodial/Maintenance Services for USD 475

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seriously

Junction City, KS

#1 Apr 7, 2011
Last night, the Board of Education announced the decision to change contract services for Custodail and Maintenance for the school district. They are changing from ARAMARK to a comapny called GCA Services Inc. GCA is a company that is known for cutting wages and benefits and or dropping employees to Part Time. When ARAMARK took the contract over from ServiceMaster, they were required to guarentee the wages and benefits for ALL employees. GCA was not even asked to make this a part of their bid. When a representitive from ARAMARK questioned the Board of Education about this, there was no response. All he wanted was to ensure the security of the current ARAMARK employees. The Board members actually seemed to not care about the people whose lives they were affecting!
Mrs. Carolyn Gaston stated to the public that she felt that the employees "morale" would be better after this change. Mrs. Gaston does not know these employees; therefore how could she state that their morale would change? At this point, the morale is going to be horrible because each and every one of the 100+ employees are facing drastic changes in their lives with no promise that it is going to be for the better!
This is ridiculous! Who is she to say what she feels will be best for these people?
The Board of Education needs to quit saying "yes" to every tiny thing that is brought in front of them by Marcie Teenor and Ron Walker! They need to think about what is best for the children and the community! How is cutting wages and taking away benefits that allow these people to provide for their families going to help the children in this district?
The school district makes a lot of comments about how 85% of families here are below poverty; so they decide to take full time work from the families? Please explain to me how that is any help to the children?
not good enough

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 7, 2011
Maybe its a slip to the side money thing. Who knows! After all we had a corrupt city counsel why wouldn't our district jump on wagon. Its a power thing is all it amounts too. Maybe a call needs to be made and have state look into it. Reason for something that drastic is because there is noone in this county willing to take charge and do what's right. Our city fell and is suffering because noone spoke up and know our district is falling. Someone DO something. She's just one person. She belongs in riley not Geary. Im sure if she were gone walker would follow! He wouldn't be able to decide or speak. Though he could communicate through texting. After all- that's what he was doing a large majority of the board meeting.
Orrrr

Wichita, KS

#3 Apr 7, 2011
It could be the school board doing the proper thing and saving the district money. I know its a shocking concept to you libtards out there, but competition is not a bad thing. If the new company can do the job cheaper it benefits the students in the long run.
Nice try at trying to make this about the kids. Sounds like you are a janitorial employee that will actually be held accountable for your workload now instead of getting guaranteed money.
not good enough

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 7, 2011
We all have a right to speak. U do too.
Orrrr

Wichita, KS

#5 Apr 7, 2011
not good enough wrote:
We all have a right to speak. U do too.
Ummm nobody said said differently. Just don't mislead people that its all about the kids when in fact its all about yourself.
not good enough

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Apr 7, 2011
Like I said we all the right to speak. I never mentioned kids.
Guy

Wellsville, KS

#7 Apr 8, 2011
The custodial contract has been crooked for a long time. I know someone that was directly involved with the school when Servicemaster was there when Max Heim was in charge. It was costing the school district too much then. The fact is the school doesn't want to manage or pay the janitor people benifits. Blue collar vs White collar.
Why Not Ask

Junction City, KS

#8 Apr 8, 2011
Guy wrote:
The custodial contract has been crooked for a long time. I know someone that was directly involved with the school when Servicemaster was there when Max Heim was in charge. It was costing the school district too much then. The fact is the school doesn't want to manage or pay the janitor people benifits. Blue collar vs White collar.
Challenge the USD 475 Board to do an cost analysis to see which is most cost effective? Perhaps 'they' didn't think to ask that before hand. No due diligence, eh?

It's not their money they are playing with.

They need to become more fiscally responsible stewards of 'our' money and not justify everything under the guise "It's for the children'!
not good enough

United States

#9 Apr 8, 2011
Ok the fact is its not about kids or money. Its a power trip by one person. Basically a pissing contest. One person hates Aramark and that's that. That person can't point the blame anymore at anyone and its starting to look bad in her direction. So to take attention elsewhere let's form a BS committee and vote for a new provider. Not even allow Aramark to have a presentation. Since our board and superintendent don't speak they follow she got what she wanted. So remember when the district crys for more money they should just call her. This taxpayer says to our district you shot yourself in the foot. Be best to keep what you have in this area of work because its working. Sorry we have common sense and question and sometimes disagree with Teenor but she is NOT almighty!
Wow

Wichita, KS

#10 Apr 8, 2011
You've got a real chip on your shoulder there. Chill out. We've got a great school system with great facilities.
Pioneer Spirit

Junction City, KS

#11 Apr 8, 2011
Here`s a novel idea that harkens back to the one-room schoolhouse days : Have the teachers do the janitorial work after school for a nominal raise. Eliminates the "middle man" so to speak. The paraprofessinals and lunch ladies could put in an extra hour a day also. Not to mention unruly students, as punishment. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
not good enough

United States

#12 Apr 8, 2011
Your correct we do have Great facilities just piss poor administration. Pioneer spirit I agree but im sure between labor laws and unions now a days that wont happen.
the show

Junction City, KS

#13 Apr 9, 2011
Wow wrote:
You've got a real chip on your shoulder there. Chill out. We've got a great school system with great facilities.
And piss pour management. Unless you've been hiding in a closet for a few years you would've noticed all the free spending and wasteful attitude of the current staff.
WorkedHard

Wellsville, KS

#14 Apr 9, 2011
Pioneer Spirit wrote:
Here`s a novel idea that harkens back to the one-room schoolhouse days : Have the teachers do the janitorial work after school for a nominal raise. Eliminates the "middle man" so to speak. The paraprofessinals and lunch ladies could put in an extra hour a day also. Not to mention unruly students, as punishment. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Amen! Oh wait.. That goes out w/ prayers in school ..ok, and the pledge og alligence. If teachers, hall monitors, staff (office, library, lunch room, etc) all pitched in as they once did.. Would help immensely and be more cost effective
not good enough

United States

#15 Apr 9, 2011
I agree completely. I see it first hand. Trust that. Im not in a closet I just have no power. If I could I would clean house. Board members,director of business,purchasing,superinten dent. That alone would save.
seriously

Junction City, KS

#16 Apr 9, 2011
the show wrote:
<quoted text>And piss pour management. Unless you've been hiding in a closet for a few years you would've noticed all the free spending and wasteful attitude of the current staff.
The administration firmly elieves that every building should have a few large HD flat screen TVs in each building so that the children can let their minds go numb watching Cartoon Network during lunch. Have you seen that at the Freshman Academy there are 5 TVs in the lunch room. Walker needed one at the Devin Center too. A few NEEDED installed at the high school and even at Lincoln. This is where our tax dollars are going. Talk about wasteful spending
errr

Topeka, KS

#17 Apr 9, 2011
not good enough wrote:
Your correct we do have Great facilities just piss poor administration. Pioneer spirit I agree but im sure between labor laws and unions now a days that wont happen.
So how do you think we got the great facilities? The administration must be doing something right. You just have an axe to grind.
WorkedHard

Wellsville, KS

#18 Apr 9, 2011
seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
The administration firmly elieves that every building should have a few large HD flat screen TVs in each building so that the children can let their minds go numb watching Cartoon Network during lunch. Have you seen that at the Freshman Academy there are 5 TVs in the lunch room. Walker needed one at the Devin Center too. A few NEEDED installed at the high school and even at Lincoln. This is where our tax dollars are going. Talk about wasteful spending
The days when there were no cell phones in a students hand or flat screens in the lunchrooms, produced students with overall higher national GPA scores. WOW, imagine that. Think priorities in spending are a bit off track...
not good enough

United States

#19 Apr 9, 2011
The workers! Teachers,principals,secretarie s, aides,volunteers,maintenance and custodial make them great. They are the ones that make our facilities. Administration just waste money and when they have an axe to grind they just fire you or sell you off. So they don't have to answer for anything. Just listen when they're on talk of jc. Never a complete answer just long lectures to bore you from asking questions. They blow smoke screens. The others listed prior are our district. So- yes I do have an axe to grind and wish more people would step up to help solve our districts true problem.
Sharewithus

Wichita, KS

#20 Apr 9, 2011
not good enough wrote:
The workers! Teachers,principals,secretarie s, aides,volunteers,maintenance and custodial make them great. They are the ones that make our facilities. Administration just waste money and when they have an axe to grind they just fire you or sell you off. So they don't have to answer for anything. Just listen when they're on talk of jc. Never a complete answer just long lectures to bore you from asking questions. They blow smoke screens. The others listed prior are our district. So- yes I do have an axe to grind and wish more people would step up to help solve our districts true problem.
Facility: something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service: transportation facilities; educational facilities; a new research facility.

How is a teacher, secretary, etc a facility?

What specifically happened to you to cause you such grief that you now have an axe to grind?

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