CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two years ago, Chesterfield County Schools received heavy criticism after making the controversial decision to outsource custodial services. While many still aren’t thrilled with the concept, school officials say the move is saving the school system thousands.
During a presentation given to the school board last week, it was learned the custodial outsourcing was projected to save the school system $7.1 million.
The school system started by using the company GCA in eight schools. After a few months, there were nearly 200 complaints about the company, including lights left on overnight, poor cleaning and inadequate staffing.
Roughly a year ago, the school system hired a new company, SSC, to work at 41 Chesterfield County Schools.
School officials say the savings are being reinvested back into the classroom and complaints have since decreased. They say they are working with the company to ensure that schools are clean and concerns are addressed moving forward.