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Potential Custodial Services Outsourcing Process. What is Outsourcing?. “Outsourcing is any task, operation, job or process that could be performed by employees within an organization, but is instead contracted to a third party for a contracted period of time.” ( www.operationstech.about.com )

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Potential custodial services outsourcing process

Potential Custodial Services Outsourcing Process


What is outsourcing

What is Outsourcing?

“Outsourcing is any task, operation, job or process that could be performed by employees within an organization, but is instead contracted to a third party for a contracted period of time.”

(www.operationstech.about.com)

“Organizations contract out non-core activities in order to free up resources for what they do best and thus reduce their costs of service.”

(www.businessdictionary.com)

Some school districts have chosen outsourcing as a means to maintain more resources for their core mission of teaching and learning. Resources can include time, administration and personnel in addition to money.


Potential process

Potential Process

  • Define the issue

    Are we using our resources most efficiently and effectively to meet the vision and mission of our school division?

  • Conduct a cost analysis

    - Salary and benefits

    - Custodial supplies including delivery to schools

    - Custodial equipment/maintenance

    - Uniforms

  • Issue an RFP and solicit proposals


Procurement process

Procurement Process

  • A Request for Proposal is a procurement process which allows us to specify our needs

  • Proposals are submitted by potential vendors based on specifications

  • A committee is formed which evaluates the proposals and determines which vendors appear to best meet our needs

  • Interviews are scheduled with selected vendors; this could also include site visits to existing customers


Procurement process continued

Procurement Process (continued)

  • Negotiations are held with one or more vendors deemed to be the best

  • If determined that this process is in the best interest of SPS, award is then made to the selected vendor


Scope of services

Scope of Services

The Scope of Services specifies our needs to potential vendors. Some things we could include:

  • Requirement of the cleanliness of the buildings to an industry standard and documentation of expectations; daily, weekly, monthly and yearly checklist of duties to be completed for each school/building

  • Direct supervision and training of all custodians by industry specialists

  • A local supervisor for SPS; provided by the successful vendor upon our approval

  • An SPS employee to serve as a liaison between the vendor and the schools to include regularly scheduled reviews


Scope of services continued

Scope of Services (continued)

  • Management and provision of all custodial supplies, uniforms and equipment with direct delivery to each school

  • Requirement that all current employees be hired by the successful vendor for a predetermined period of time such as six months

  • Requirement that health insurance, retirement and other benefits be available to all employees hired

  • Criminal Background Checks and employee screenings as currently required by SPS


Pros and cons

PROS and CONS

PROS:

  • Enforceable contract to maintain the buildings to a specified standard

  • Principals have more time to focus on instruction

  • Potential cost savings

  • Savings in administrative time

    CONS:

  • Concerns about job and benefit loss by current employees

  • Principals will have less control of services in their building

  • Outsourcing may have a negative impact on our local economy


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