An Eastern Idaho school district is the latest to look at laying off its custodial staff, in an effort to tighten its purse strings.
Officials with the Blackfoot School District say they're facing a $500,000 shortfall in carryover funds from the current school year to the 2014-2015 school year. And in a press release, school Superintendent Chad Struhs said the district is looking to outsource its custodial service, which could trigger 27 layoffs.
This morning's Idaho State Journal reports that the Idaho Education Association argues that the job cuts would have an economic impact on the community and on students and teachers.
“Currently, all the custodians submit to background checks,” IEA District 5 representative Bobbie Steffensen told the State Journal. “We are concerned about the safety of student and teachers if an outside company doesn’t do that.”
At the height of its budget troubles, the Nampa School District, Idaho's third largest district, outsourced its custodial staff in April 2013, pink-slipping more than 80 employees.