Though teachers protested the action, the district claims it will be able to save nine teaching positions as a result. The decision to privatize janitorial services is part of an effort to cover a $2.2 million deficit.
. . . Superintendent Tom TenBrink said he sees the move as the only option that does not hurt programs and teachers.
Projections show the district will face another $2.6 million shortfall next year, and savings are quickly being depleted.
"We can no longer afford every employee. It's just not feasible," TenBrink said. "This is a sad day in our history and it's probably the hardest thing I've had to do. I quite honestly don't know where else to go. I don't know where to turn."