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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