Bay District School Board Approves Privatization Policy Change

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Members of the Bay Educational Support Personnel Association packed the board meeting room Thursday as school board members decided whether to change the board's policy regarding privatization.

"We're going to hear from the school district's side and we're going to hear from BESPA's side," said School Board Member Ryan Neves.

The support union has been against policy changes that would allow privatization without guaranteeing jobs for current lunchroom workers, bus drivers, and other school district employees. But School Superintendent Bill Husfelt told board members the policy change is necessary to allow the district to consider privatization as a money-saving measure.

"We are in a different world financially than we've ever been in before," said Husfelt.

BESPA attorney Pat Martina disagreed.

"Obviously that's another lie," said Harrison.

In the end, the board approved a compromise, stipulating any private company taking over a support mission must give preferential treatment to the current employees. Some of those directly affected by the vote seemed satisfied with the outcome.

"I think they're playing it safe so they can look into it," said Food Service Manager Susan Ledbetter.

"I don't think by any means they're going to say 'You're all done,'" said Food Service Manager Carla Messer.

BESPA members still have to vote on the board policy change. Regardless of the outcome, the policy will still change. School district officials said they could privatize some support services as soon as next school year.

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  • by Ann on Jun 4, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    Like I have said in the past...Look at what support people make in a year and what these so called "leaders" make. Why do they make more than 4 times the amount it takes support staff to live. We all have bills. Now take away our future. You "leaders" will still have retirement along with your "big money"! Husfelt, I hope you are out with the next election!!!
  • by frances Location: panama city on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    There was taking care of buddies when I worked there ,until I retired 8 years ago.Ther was alot of shifting jobs around demoting some for friends to take their places some not qualifyed and had to be trained. I agree privatized the school board and superintindent. also to many assistants to assistants and so-on in the board and scools. Husfelt needs to be put out. Many things went on at Mosley that was unfair and wrong.
  • by Dave Location: pcb on Jun 1, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    Just another example of our "LEADERS" are taking care of their buddies while sticking it to the workers. There is no way a "for profit" outfit is going to be cheaper than a "not for profit"
  • by David Location: Lynn Haven on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    it shows one thing husflet does not need to be re elected he is the only one who closed schools and over poulated other schools from closing schools and he still has to privatize no other superattendant had this big of a problem husflet did it to the school just like when he took over mosley spent all kinds of money repainting school because he did not like the color of the hallways
  • by Richard Krauth Location: Lynn Haven on Jun 1, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Privatize the school board and superintendent.
  • by bull Location: fl on Jun 1, 2012 at 06:06 AM
    I see Bay county hasnt learned anything from the past. Think back CCA no money save county took back over.
  • by John Location: Pcb on May 31, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    I hope for all of the support employees sake that there is a provision for them in the privitization contract should it go that way. Mr Husfelt or any Board Member for that matter can force.a private company to do anything. Unless it is in the contract, a private company would have to give everyone a fair shot. If he would cut all of the assistant to the assistant to the assistant of the secretaries in the School Board palace on Balboa I bet there would be more money. Or better yet sell the palace on Balboa and move to a vacant school building. That would generate some needed capital
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