2013-03-28 / Front Page

Bay de Noc school to explore options

School to continue privatized janitorial

COOKS – The Bay de Noc Area School district is seeking bids for janitorial services. The school board made the decision to explore other options during a recent meeting.

According to Superintendent Bill Pistulka, the school has been privatized for six years, with their current three-year contract sent to expire on June 30. In light of the impending expiration date, the board recently decided to explore the competition.

“What the board has decided is that we now know that there are more custodial companies out there then there were three years ago,” he said. “So we have decided to solicit bids. We’ve put out a Request for Proposals, and have had some interest in continuing beyond our current provider.”

Pistulka explained the district will hold a mandatory pre-bid meeting on March 21 for any interested companies.

“This meeting will allow us to truly find out the scope of interest and the company’s ability to perform the duties,” he said.

After the pre-bid meeting, the board will make a decision about the next three-year contract for janitorial services at their April 22 meeting.

According to Pistulka, the privatization of the janitorial services has proven to be a cost saver for the district, though some problems have arisen.

“ It’s worked out pretty well costwise, but one of the concerns we’ve had is the attrition with the workers,” he said. “The attrition and turnover of the employees has caused some frustration.”

The board unanimously voted to pursue RFPs from other janitorial service providers.

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