District outsourcing janitorial services to SourceOne

posted Jun 16, 2017, 3:26 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 4:23 AM ]

The Board of Education at its meeting on June 19 agreed to enter into a janitorial services agreement with SourceOne Facility Services. The agreement will begin August 1, 2017 and is projected to save the district an estimated $300,000 annually.


SourceOne has 500 employees in Oklahoma. The company currently has agreements with Rogers State University, St. Francis Hospital, Warren Clinic, American Electric Power Co., City of Oklahoma City, and Putnam City Schools.  

When fully staffed, BPS employed 59 custodians. Custodians were notified on June 1 that their positions were being reduced. Also on June 1, SourceOne conducted an initial meeting with custodians interested in being reemployed with them at the schools. The district agreement preserves the existing hourly wages for current custodians who are hired to work in the district for SourceOne.

For 2017-2018 SourceOne will be providing 12 day porters who staff the buildings during the school day when students are present. There will be one day porter for each elementary school, three assigned across the two middle schools, and three at the high school so that the largest campus has a day porter for the older academic areas, a porter to serve the newer academic areas added when the school reconfigured from two to four grades, and a porter for the activity areas associated with the Fine Arts Center, etc. The secondary day porters will be available to travel to address needs around the district as they arise.

The district now contracts for the after-hours cleaning of the buildings on a square footage basis, and built in overtime for weekends, etc. based on past experience cleaning up after sporting events and other activities, etc. A SourceOne custodial manager will have an office at the district's Maintenance and Transportation facility at 13th Street and Choctaw Avenue, which is located just east of Richard Kane Elementary School.

The outsourcing does not impact the district’s maintenance staff for HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, electricity, etc.

This change, combined with the Richard Kane YMCA taking over the School Age Care program, will result in over 90 fewer people being directly employed by the Bartlesville Public School District in 2017-2018.


By outsourcing these services, Bartlesville Public Schools continues to support its budget priority of maintaining class sizes and programs so that students are not impacted by state revenue shortfalls.