NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The controversial outsourcing of Metro School's custodial and grounds keeping staff is saving the district millions, according to an external audit.
The audit, which was released Friday, estimated that contracting-out the work saved at least $6.5 million last year, while continuing to maintain a good level of service. Metro's financial officer said GCA Services Group and Landscape Services Incorporated has been able to provide the savings because they're large companies that services districts around the country.
In some instances, the consultants pay their employees less.
"The quality is there. The significant savings is there and it's really just a validation of what we've been saying since we began this back in 2010," said Chris Henson, Chief Financial Officer
Metro schools expects to save nearly$33-million over the five year contract.