School board members were planning last week to consider a contract with First Student to provide workers to clean cafeterias at 16 elementary schools this semester. First Student is the bus-transportation provider for the district.
The district’s director of operations, Darren Muci, said several schools moved custodians to later shifts to clean classrooms, hallways, and common areas at the end of the school day. That left the schools in need of extra help at lunchtime, but Muci said there was not enough money to hire additional custodians.
A version of this article appeared in the September 23, 2015 edition of Education Week as Wichita District to Use Bus Drivers as Custodians