Tooele School District looks at outsourcing non-salaried jobs

Posted at 7:20 AM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 09:20:08-05

TOOELE, Utah -- Tooele School District held a meeting Tuesday to discuss how to solve the issue of an unbalanced budget.

The district outlined that its budget is in debt several millions of dollars.

Tooele School Board member Jeff Hogan said that typical ways to reduce debt are not working and they need to look at outsourcing non-salaried jobs. This could impact custodians and other support jobs and several people are upset.

"I think that it`s a big mistake. I am a mother of a disabled child who goes to the district right now," said Nancy Droz, a concerned parent. "I`m worried that the special needs kids will not get the one-on-one special attention that they receive right now."

Board members voted Tuesday to look into the idea of contracting for non-teaching workers.

"It`s a difficult thing and change is difficult but the outsourcing model is well documented in business from the past 25 years, it`s definitely something that we need to be exploring," said Jeff Hogan, Tooele School Board member.

The district begins budget meeting next week and the superintendent encourages people to get involved as they look to reduce debt by not raising taxes.