District 220, Union Agree to 10 Part-Time Custodians
Martin, Michelle, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Michelle Martin Daily Herald Staff Writer
The wave of privatization hasn't hit the custodians in Barrington middle schools yet.
Barrington Unit District 220 and the union that represents its custodians have agreed the district will create 10 part-time jobs to clean the middle schools at night.
Last year, five full-time custodians did the job.
None of them were fired, although some had to be transferred to other schools or other shifts.
District 220 administrators had hoped to hire a private company to handle the overnight cleaning duties for both schools to save $64,000.
But the union and the district, who are in contract negotiations, could not agree on that.
Instead, they will pay the same amount of money for 10 part-time custodians who will be employed by the district rather than a private company.
The district began paying the custodians' wages when school began in August. The arrangement became official last week. …