Camden-area school districts may outsource custodial services
Camden — The discussion of outsourcing custodial services in the Five Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28 continued Oct. 8 as the committee designed to investigate the issue readies for the final version of the request for proposal.
Committee members received the most recent update to the RFP from the districts head of maintenance Keith Rose, which recommends a single RFP for both districts, but separate bid sheets for each. The SAD 28 proposal will also be broken down into three sections including Camden-Rockport Middle School, Camden-Rockport Elementary School and the Superintendent Office/Bus Barn.
According to Rose, the theory behind having separate bid sheets for each building allows for the district to bid out just one building for a trial basis and allow for smaller companies to bid.
Another piece of the puzzle the committee needed to look at is coverage during after school events and special activities. Rose will complete a section in the RFP to cover any additional cleaning services, which will include an overview of the number of after school events held last year. Any non-school related events that are considered an additional event will have the extra cost of custodial services passed on the renter.
Other things the committee will be looking at before the final draft of the RFP is available for review is the level of health insurance required for the contract employee. Committee head Tori Manzi said the school boards directive to the committee was to add health insurance at the same level as a requirement, but the intent was never to require the same coverage.
The finalized version of the RFP and a mandatory bid walk through need to be completed before Oct. 16 and final bids are due Friday, Nov. 8.
A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12 to review all bids and interviews with perspective companies with be conducted the following week. The committee’s recommendations will go directly to the school board in time for them to vote on it in December.
Courier Publications reporter Dwight Collins can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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