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Roanoke County Schools consider outsourcing jobs

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"Thanks for driving us in the right direction," reads a student made sign that hangs above the heads of school leaders who are now facing tough decisions. WSLS spoke with Roanoke County School Board Chair Mike Stovall about the potential of outsourcing jobs.

Stovall says it's a position that no board member wants to be in, but due to looming state budget cuts on public school systems, it's a matter they are left with.

"There are holes in the budget that we have to fill. Naturally the revenue is not going to come to us and there are other options that we need to look at," Stovall said.

Options include outsourcing county jobs - such as part-time school nurses.

Carilion has entered a bid that includes three options:

• Hiring part time nurses

• Hiring a mix of part and full time nurses

• Hire all full time nurses.

   Increase   Increase   
  Estimated  over current   over current   
Program Options Cost  cost  budget Comments
     
Carilion Option 1:$1431,706  $54,690  $336,000 No change in hours; increased to 41 wks (FLSA req)
PT nurses + FT at GHS/GMS   Nurses eligible for Carilion PT benefits
     
     
Carilion Option 2: 1,418,004  $50,988  $322,298 Nurses eligible for Carilion PT benefits
PT nurse at all schools (including GHS/GMS)    
     
     
Carilion Option 3: $1,14,333  $757,317  $518,627 Added about 40 min on site per day
FT nurses at all schools   Nurses eligible for FT Carilion benefits
     

Currently, Roanoke County nurses work five hours and 20 minutes a day and do not receive benefits. The Carilion proposal states nurses would be eligible for its benefits.

RCPS currently provides school nurse coverage in every school for a minimum of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

But after reviewing that option, school board members now say they can do it cheaper. They can save over a hundred thousand dollars even while staffing each school with one full time nurse.

   Increase   Increase   
  Estimated  over current   over current   
Program Options Cost  cost  budget Comments
     
RCPS Program (actual FY13-14 costs) $857,016  $                -    $                   -   5.33 hrs per day (26.65 hrs per week)
Budgeted for Nurses $ 1,095,706    
    No change in hours
RCPS Program - Add FT Benefits to PT Contracts:   Not on site for all student hours
Same hours and pay; add VRS and health benefits $1,391,032  $534,016  $295,326 Added FT benefits
     
     
Cost to Move to Full-Time Hours (30-33.75 hrs):   Added about 40 min on site per day
FT nurses at all schools for 6 hrs (Elem) and 6.75 hrs (Sec) $1,537,997  $680,981  $442,291 Added FT benefits 
     
     
     
   Increase   Increase   
  Estimated  over current   over current   
Program Options Cost  cost  budget Comments
     
Option to Keep Salaries at current annual amount, add FT benefits, and extend hours to 6.5 per day:$1,391,032 $534,016 $295,326Nurses on site longer than students (7 hrs with lunch); Employee access to nurses before/after hours
(additional option requested by board member)   Nurses hourly rate declines but pick up FT benefits
    Carilion target rate for school nurses is 17% lower than RCPS
     
     
     
   Increase   Increase   
  Estimated  over current   over current   
Program Options Cost  cost  budget Comments
     
Carilion Option 1:$1,431,706  $574,690  $336,000 No change in hours; increased to 41 wks (FLSA req)
PT nurses + FT at GHS/GMS   Nurses eligible for Carilion PT benefits
     
     
Carilion Option 2: $1,418,004  $560,988  $322,298 Nurses eligible for Carilion PT benefits
PT nurse at all schools (including GHS/GMS)    
     
     
Carilion Option 3:$1,614,333  $757,317  $518,627 Added about 40 min on site per day
FT nurses at all schools   Nurses eligible for FT Carilion benefits
     

School cafeteria workers could also be affected.

Right now county employees work 25 or more hours plus benefits and bring a 6-thousand dollar surplus for the county.

But two potential bidders feel they could offer more Aramark says they would hire current employees and give them a two percent raise next year plus benefits.

Sodexo says it will hire current employees and gave estimates for three options which include part and full possibilities - with and without benefits.

Aramark guarantees the highest surplus, coming in at more than 450-thousand dollars.

Another option, outsourcing bus drivers is now off of the table. The school board says they'll cut costs in various ways, including cutting routes.

"Routes are the big thing. Its cutting the routes down, letting people know that your son or daughter may have to walk an extra five, six houses, maybe an extra block to get to the bus because the day of picking a son or daughter up at the doorstep is gradually getting away from us," Stovall said.

All tough decisions to be made, but ones the board believes will keep them driving in the right direction.

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