Sep 26, 2015 10:32 AM

Nashua school board to accept public input on vote to privatize custodial services

NASHUA - After public outcry over a decision to privatize janitorial services at city schools, the school board has scheduled a meeting on Monday to allow for public input.

Board of Education President George Farrington told the Telegraph of Nashua that Monday's meeting will be a chance for the public to speak, but that the board will continue to pursue privatization.

The board vote, taken earlier this month, could mean nearly all of the 100-plus employees in the Nashua School Custodian Union would be out of jobs at the end of the school year.

Farrington has said the decision was purely financial and in anticipation of limited funds for the school district in the next budget.

Jim Durkin, director of communication for AFSCME Council 93, which includes the Custodians Union, said a lot more exploration must be done to determine the best deal for the district.

"There may be savings in their corner - that may be true - but are the taxpayers saving money?" he said.

Citing unemployment insurance and the potential need to provide cleaning supplies for future vendors, Durkin said the costs can add up.

"There are a lot of hidden costs they don't think about or choose to ignore," he said. "It's pretty clear this is going to be a long, protracted story."

Monday's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the board room, Nashua High School North.

A petition to save the union, started by Nashua teacher Gary Hoffman, remained active Saturday with 1,108 signatures.


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