Hanover-Horton explores custodial contracting

HANOVER — The Hanover-Horton Schools received concessions from its custodial service union after looking at contracting out for janitorial services, according to Superintendent Linda Brian.

The lowest private bid came in at $295,525, which is 36 percent less than it would cost for union employees to provide the service, according to The Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

However, the custodial unit offered concessions, including position cuts and higher insurance co-pays, which the district accepted, according to the Jackson County Press. The concessions made the cost of union-provided service comparable to the low-bid.

References: The Jackson Citizen Patriot, "District considers privatizing custodial services to cut costs," Aug. 3, 2007 Jackson County Press, "Board passes on privatizing custodians," Aug. 22, 2007