Current unionized employees presented the Oil City Area School Board on Monday night with a petition containing nearly 1,100 signatures protesting a proposal in which the school district would contract out to a private company the district’s custodial and cafeteria positions.
In addition, the union representing teachers asked the school board to reconsider the outsourcing proposal.
Numerous individuals, both employees and concerned citizens, spoke out against the plan. Reasons ranged from the potential loss of local jobs to a perception new employees may be less dedicated and result in a higher job turnover to a concern that the school environment may become less safe for students.
Oil City’s school board also entertained more comment at Monday’s meeting about the possible closing of Oakland Elementary School. A vote on that proposal is expected next Monday.