New janitorial company awarded contract to clean Bay county schools

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City - A new janitorial company will be taking over custodial service at all Bay District Schools.

Wednesday, school board members awarded Southern Management, a local janitorial services company a contract.

Thirteen companies submitted bids for the job but seven of them did not meet requirements or qualifications that were stated in the board's bid proposal.

Southern Management offered the lowest bid at a cost of about $45,000 a month, $537,000 a year.

The contract was put out to bid after school board members fired the previous company Rite-Way services.

Rite-Way hired five illegal immigrants who were working as janitors in Bay District Schools.

Southern Management currently provides cleaning services for the Santa Rosa school district.

"He feels very confident with that company. He did get a recommendation from Santa Rosa county. He talked to them about using them over there, basically you see the total there, that's about 6 to 7,000 dollars more then what we're currently paying," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt.

The district will pay for the higher cost of Southern's contract with reserve funds. The contract takes effect November 15th.


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  • by John Location: PC on Oct 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    Southern Mgmt. has only had a school here and there and has done some floor work before in Bay County. This will be the first time they have had more than one school. They have over thirty school districts throughout the country plus being in SRC for more than seven years. Hopefully they will get all the Bay County schools in the future. Bay County could save millions of dollars and get clean schools.....
  • by Mike Location: Lynn Haven on Oct 28, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    I would think a recommendation from another school system would go a long way. Maybe the smell is not fish, but sour grapes.
  • by kc Location: pc on Oct 27, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    Seems to me Southern Management had that contract before. why was it when Mcallister was in office they lost it; but now Husfelt is in and they are back in. Something smells funny to me.
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