Fla. Schools Wise to Consider Outsourcing Some Services

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Volusia County Schools is looking at some tough cost-containment measures, including the possibility of outsourcing their custodial service to the private sector.

It's wise for school officials to review all their options in the face of tight financial constraints. The taxpayers spoke last November when they rejected a $26 million annual funding increase for Volusia schools in a referendum. That rejection of a property tax hike was a signal to administrators to further cut costs, and so they are trying.

The Volusia County School Board may get a proposal on custodial service and grounds maintenance this week from administrators. The proposal could cut $17.8 million, and if real savings can be achieved feasibly, the board should approve the plan.

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