The Johnston County Public School Board has awarded a contract to a Smithfield employment agency to help fill vacant custodial positions. Since the pandemic, additional cleaning requirements have been placed on school custodians, many of whom also serve in dual roles as bus drivers. Those positions are now harder to fill.
The JCPS board voted to award a $250,000 contract to Mitchell Temporary Services to hire workers who can serve as both custodians and drive buses.
The request was made by Brooks Moore, Chief of Facilities and Construction. Officials said there is a tremendous need to supplement custodial staff with temporary employees.
Brian Vetrano, JCPS Chief of Human Resources said, “Mitchell Temporary Services is utilized to fill custodial vacancies as they arise. It is difficult to give you an exact number on how many people this will help facilitate, as the employment is need-based at this time.”
There are currently 180-1/2 custodian positions in Johnston County Schools. Recently, 45 of the positions were vacant. Compared to a year ago, there were 25 vacancies. Two years ago there were only 8 vacancies.
The contract was awarded in a 5-to-0 vote. Board member Mike Wooten recused himself from the decision. Board member Terri Sessoms was not present.