Total staff layoffs at Ypsilanti schools to increase as effort to privatize custodians falls flat
Ypsilanti school board members did not vote on a contract to privatize custodial services this week, causing the district to head back to the drawing board on how to slash an additional $500,000 from its budget.
Currently, YPS is looking at the elimination of eight additional positions to make up the difference, Executive Director of Human Resources Sharon Irvine said Thursday. She said that would bring the total number of position cuts to 105.
About 75 of those 105 are expected to be laid off. The remaining 30 staff are retiring or resigning, Irvine said.
Ypsilanti initially called for staffing cuts totaling about $5.45 million in its deficit elimination plan, which was approved in May. Irvine said the district still has to reach that savings, and reducing by another eight staff positions will help YPS get there.
The staffing cuts likely will occur across the board, she added. No area is safe from cuts. She said the special education department has experienced the deepest cuts so far this year. About 45 special education positions have been cut, she said.
“We found special education was certainly the area we had the most room to do that in, so proportionately, it took the biggest hit. But we also reduced RCTC staff significantly,” Irvine said. “Now we don’t really have any areas that are particularly able to be cut, so we’ll likely distribute (the cuts) evenly to pull everything in a bit tighter.”
Some custodian positions may still be on the chopping block, Irvine said, despite the staff’s elation at not being privatized.
Ypsilanti's current in-house janitorial staff costs $1.615 million annually or $4.846 million over three years. The two companies the district considered outsourcing with submitted proposals that would cost $978,000 to $996,000 for one year and about $2.9 million for three years.