Stop Outsourcing at Knox County Schools!
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Knox County School Board

Stop Outsourcing at Knox County Schools!

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      Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee

On March 27, 2011, Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre publicly released his proposed 2011-2012 budget.  His proposal included laying off hundreds of workers and privatizing custodial work. We know that privatizing is a bad idea by logic and from experience. Knox County Schools has gone this route before, with such a marked decline in the quality of services that we could not renew the contract. Additionally, any savings resulting from outsourcing come directly from cutting wages and benefits. (Knox County custodians currently make between $8 and $11 an hour; a private company will pay less and provide no benefits.)  We appreciate administrators' work to solve our budget problems;  but contracting out these essential services can only hurt the school staff teams, our workers, and Knox County students.  It's not fair. It's not effective. Therefore, we ask the Knox County School Board not to outsource our custodial staff!

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    • Gina Kaeuper KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      This move is a perfect example of a false economy. It will cost less in the short term, but ultimately will cost the school system more as well as cause more harm to the local economy. I also agree that it will create a safety risk to our children.

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    • Audrey Badgett KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      It may save money but will our children have a clean safe buiding to learn in,they have tried this before and it didn't work.Think of more than 350 or more people out of work. that can't find other jobs, think of their families.

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    • Art Miller KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      This is the second time this poor man has proposed a big change in KCS. First time, classroom teacher layoffs. That didn't happen but it got everybody upset and stirred up. Now comes this custodial work outsourcing scheme. That is not now happening, but everybody is stirred up again. I am starting to think the Superintendent either is incompetent, or has no real plan, or both.

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    • allen sands BLAINE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      how safe will the schools be and how clean and the new coupany will use knox county school supplys that tax payers pay for so there some more money kids dont get !!!!!!

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    • allen sands BLAINE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      i worked for knox county school for 5 years there many times we had to lock the school down can you trust these new people no

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