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School board ends custodian firm’s contract

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A custodial service company announced a planned layoff of 105 employees in April in Rocky Mount, but officials with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools said most of those employees should still have jobs if they want them.

SSC Service Solutions, a custodial service company based in Nashville, Tenn., filed a WARN notice with the N.C. Department of Commence earlier this month citing the failure of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools to renew its contract as the reason for the expected layoff of 105 employees in Rocky Mount.

But the school board voted earlier this month to terminate an existing contract with the company for reasons that were not discussed in open session.

After a Freedom of Information Act request by the Rocky Mount Telegram, the Telegram learned that the contract was terminated for “violation of wage and hour laws and contract provisions regarding personnel, breach of contract through over-billing and inadequate performance.” According to the termination document, the school district’s relationship with SSC Service Solutions will be terminated effective March 30.

However, in a statement issued Monday by Brian Miller, chief of staff of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, school officials said they hope that most of the employees will be hired by a new firm contracted to provide services to the schools. Of the 105 employees, 63 are full time and 42 are part time.

“Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is planning to terminate its current custodial contract with SSC Service Solutions and plans to contract with a new vendor to take over our custodial services,” Miller said in the statement. “We anticipate that the contract with the new vendor will provide current custodial employees with the opportunity to continue their jobs without loss of days of employment or pay.”

Miller said the school district is doing all it can to ease the transition for employees.

“We do not intend for current custodial employees to have to go through an interview process with the new vendor,” Miller said in the statement. “Custodians may be required to pass drug and background screening for the new vendor.”

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education will need to vote to approve a contract with a new vendor. As of now, that vote will likely take place at the next business meeting on March 5.

Information from the N.C. Business News Wire is included in this report.

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