Moon Schools Okays Renaming Middle School, Contracting Custodial Jobs
The district approves support personnel staffing revisions.
The Moon Area School Board narrowly approved a measure to outsource district custodial positions to the firm Global Management Solutions.
The board in a 5-to-4 vote approved using contract employees to fill two custodial positions in the district.
The non-union positions will be vacated through attrition. No furloughs will come as a result of the move.
Board members Gia Tatone, Dennis Harbaugh, Samuel Tranter and Laura Schisler voted "no" on the measure.
"We just wish they would hold off on it until there is more discussion," Schisler said.
The board convened for a lengthy executive session prior to its regular meeting. Board president Sandy McCurdy said board members discussed the use of contract workers for custodial services during the closed session.
Support staffers again appeared at the board's monthly meeting as a show of solidarity, said Susan White, a furloughed Moon Area School District secretary.
The board approved a series of furloughs and staffing revisions earlier this year. Last month, support staffers attended a bid meeting for positions remaining open in the district.
Global Management Solutions, based in Ellwood City, specializes in providing contract maintenance, cleaning and facility management workers, according to its website.
The board also voted to rename the district's newly renovated middle school. The building will be called the Moon Area Upper Middle School for grades seven and eight, who will be housed on the building's second floor, and the Moon Area Lower Middle School for students in grades five and six.
The district will open the building at the beginning of the school year on Sept. 5. Prior to its renovation, the building served as the district's high school.