UWS seeks bids to evaluate private janitorial services
The University of Wisconsin Superior’s request for proposals for campus custodial and grounds-keeping services posted last week.
The move, which explores the possibility of contracting with a private company to provide these services, could affect up to 27 employees issued “at risk” notices in May.
Seven vendors took part in a site survey Tuesday at UWS for those interested in submitting proposals, according to university spokeswoman Lynne Williams. The event gave vendors a chance to ask questions and receive more information.
All proposals are due by Sept. 11. At that point, an evaluation committee will examine the proposals and score them based on cost savings and quality of service, alignment with the university’s mission and auxiliary services. If the committee decides that engaging a private contractor is the best course, the contract would start Dec. 1, according to the university’s timeline.
Hiring an outside contractor for janitorial services is one of a number of measures taken to reduce operational expenses. The campus must reduce expenses by $2 million over the next two years to align the budget, according to Chancellor Renee Wachter in a campus-wide letter sent Aug. 8. In total, UWS is required to shave $4.5 million off the budget through increased revenue and decreased expenses within the coming five years.
The campus has already contracted the bookstore operations to a private company, suspended several academic programs and left vacated positions unfilled.