Update, 3:30 p.m.: List of Fairfield County custodial salaries added
NORWALK, Conn. – Are Norwalk’s school custodians overpaid?
More than a few people believe so, including members of the Board of Education who recently approved a contract containing language that allows Norwalk Public Schools to outsource the work as long as no fulltime, permanent works are laid off. The BoE plans to do just that next fall with seven positions at Columbus and Jefferson Elementary schools.
According to NPS Chief Financial Officer Rich Rudl, “for those two schools alone it would be $160,000 less than what we currently spend.
“If the entire school district were to be outsourced, which we can’t do because we cannot lay an employee off, it would be close to $2 million in savings,” Rudl said.
Rudl did not say how much NPS would pay outside contractors.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a custodian in Norwalk is about $27,000. http://www.indeed.com/salary/q-Custodian-l-Norwalk,-CT.html That’s $3,000 more than in New London or Stonington.
In Norwalk, from July 1 2014 to June 30, 2015, the custodians contract calls for a pay range that spans from $40,243 a year for a Grade II, level one worker to $53,028.60 for a Grade I level six employee.
The Danbury Public Schools contract calls for $43,888 for all custodians, with a small decrease for new hires.
There are additional payments for head custodians in Norwalk, ranging from $1,771 a year for the elementary school to $2,831 for the head high school custodian.
Custodians also get 14 to 16 paid holidays a year in addition to regular vacations (two weeks after a year, three weeks after five years, four weeks and 15 years).
Insurance benefits can be found in the attached contract starting on Page 8.
Projected outsourcing savings for NPS includes salary, insurance, taxes and other expenses associated with fulltime employees.
BoE member Shirley Mosby and some NoN readers voiced concern about safety and losing control over who interacts with the school children.
“I support making sure that kids and families, parents and children have the people, the individuals that they feel comfortable with,” she said. “They are Norwalk residents. … We know they will look after our kids. They are bonded to our children and their parents are familiar with their character and background.”
Rudl said outside contractors would have to subject their employees to the same background screening as regular school employees.