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Hall County Schools is looking to pay custodial staff more, keep cleaner classrooms
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Matt Cox, Hall County Schools’ executive director of facilities and construction, discusses his plans to increase the pay of custodial staff at the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Hall County Schools is looking to make its facilities cleaner and custodial staff happier. 

This year Hall will put out another request for proposal to janitorial service companies.

Matt Cox, the district’s executive director of facilities and construction, said he plans to make significant changes to the document before it goes out to bid. 

During the Hall school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, Cox ran the updates by the board members.

Under the current contract, a regular employee makes $8.50 an hour. Under the proposed RFP, they would get paid $10 an hour. 

Night supervisors, who now make $9.50 an hour, would have a $2.50 pay increase, and day porters, who make $9 an hour, would get a $2 increase.

“A lot of times the folks are having to move on because they couldn’t make enough money,” Cox said. “ … We need to pay them what they’re worth.”

The proposed RFP would also include mandatory daily mopping of all classroom floors. The current contract allows spot-mopping, so not all of the floors are cleaned every day. 

Four positions would be added to the district for training new custodial employees and retraining existing staff. 

With these proposed RFP requirements, Superintendent Will Schofield said he estimates the district will have to pay an extra $700,000 to $1 million per year for custodial services.

The district currently has 190 custodial staff members, both full-time and part-time workers. These services are outsourced at 32 Hall schools. 

“If we are truly believing our schools will be cleaner, I’m OK with that,” Schofield said. “ … We anticipate this will take the cost of the contract up, regardless of who gets the bid.”

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