Privatization Could Cut 30 Jobs in Maple Valley School District

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Steve Augustine has been a custodian at Maple Valley High School for 13 years, he's also an alum himself, and knows every nook and cranny of the campus.

"We're here all the time and we take care of things, if you're driving by the school on your way somewhere and you see something wrong you take care of it," Augustine said.

But now his job and the jobs of about 10 other custodians could be washed up, if the district privatizes the services they've provided for years.

"Part of your concern is will you get the kind of service if it's done by a private company, as a resident I'm concerned with strange people being in the schools," Augustine said.

"This is not something we want to look at, not something we want to even be involved in, but because of the economy we have a responsibility," said Maple Valley Schools Superintendent Kim Kramer.

Kramer says they've put out "Request for Proposals" to private companies to provide custodial and transportation services, jeopardizing the jobs of about 30 current employees.

"Starting this year's budget planning in February -- they began to have a discussion about should we look at all options, and that includes the privatization of several of our support service staff, such as a our custodial maintenance or our transportation," Augustine said.

"Don't Privatize" signs have been popping up across Vermontville, proving it's not just the custodians that are concerned, but everyone in the close-knit community.

"The community does not want this to happen," Augustine said.

"Being a smaller community, this hits closer to home," Kramer said.

If the board does see significant savings, Kramer says a vote could happened in September and layoffs could come this coming school year.

"It would probably be sometime in January when we would make the change over at a semester break," Augustine said. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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