contracts with Aramark for buildings and grounds
The district has contracted with Aramark
Education Facility Services for the oversight of
its buildings and grounds operations, bringing
the company’s vast expertise and training
resources to Niskayuna’s schools.
The contract calls for the company to provide
supervision of the department, arrange for staff
training on equipment, establish standardized
procedures for district custodians and
maintenance staff for the care of the buildings
and equipment, and oversee the procurement of
standardized supplies and materials, which will
result in savings. The contract also provides
for new equipment that will provide for
increased efficiency and cleaning capabilities.
Aramark began its work with the district in
July, following the retirement of Buildings and
Grounds Superintendent John Rabine.
The total cost of the Aramark contract is
$242,590. Officials said the district will
benefit from the level of supervision two people
will provide across three shifts; the access to
training resources and updated equipment; and
the company’s overall expertise in establishing
and implementing facilities management plans.
Aramark’s Jim Dean and Randy Loring are the two
supervisors working on-site in the district.
Since their arrival this summer, they have met
with building leaders and staff members at each
school across the district to discuss their
facility needs and priorities. Custodial and
maintenance staff members have undergone
training on new equipment.
Aramark Education Facilities Services manages
the facilities for more than 600 colleges and
universities around the country.
The district solicited competitive proposals for
the services that will be provided by Aramark.
The contract is for five years, with a clause
that allows either party the ability to opt-out
with notice at any time.
“We believe that Aramark brings a degree of
expertise and experience to our district that
will serve us well,” Superintendent Susan Kay
Salvaggio said. “We have a responsibility to
protect the investment that taxpayers have made
in district facilities over time. This decision
– along with the quality work our buildings and
grounds crews do day-in and day-out – will help
us do that.”