The L.A. Unified Board of Education will look at protecting the jobs of elementary school plant managers – who are in charge of cleaning and repairs – in the wake of complaints by parents and school staff. Last week, The Eastsider posted a story about some Elysian Heights Elementary parents who opposed a school district program to shift most school cleaning crews – including plant managers – to work after the school day ended. The district said the “Team Cleaning” approach is designed to help increase efficiency as the L.A. Unified struggles to keep scores of new campuses clean with less staff. Parents and some school staff, however, worried that it would take longer to clean up and repair campuses under the method. On Tuesday, the school board will consider a newly added item – No. 31 that would restore funding for all elementary school plant managers.
Update: The Daily News reports that LA Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines offered to resign over school board’s resolution to keep the plant managers. However, Cortines later backed off his decision.
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