• Volusia County parents say school cleaning service not doing its job


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Some parents in Volusia County are upset with a company hired to clean local schools.

    A number of those parents contacted Channel 9 and the school board to complain about dirty floors and overflowing trash cans.

    "Our teachers are coming in in the morning and they can tell that their floors are filthy, and all it takes is somebody walking through the school and noticing," said parent Joanna Kaney-Olivari.

    Olivari has two children who go to school in Ormond Beach. She said teachers at her children's school have to deal with overflowing trash cans and even roaches. She and some others blame Aramark, the company responsible for cleaning the school.

    "I don't think some of the new employees are as invested in our schools," said Olivari.

    But school board members said not all of the schools in the district are dirty, and that the district is still transitioning to the private custodial service that they said is saving Volusia schools $6.1 million.

    Hiring Aramark was a decision made by school board members last school year to help correct a $30 million budget deficit.

    "I think they're committed to getting it right. It's just a matter of working through it," said Volusia County School Board member Linda Castello.

    Castello's district includes Ormond Beach. She said she believes better communication within Aramark might help things.

    "Who needs to tell who when things aren't the way that they should be? I just think it's the pains of change," said Castello.

    School district officials said Aramark plans to do some deep cleaning over winter break, but Olivari said she is still worried that the quality is gone.

    "You really can't get the same for less money," said Olivari.

    A representative from Aramark told Channel 9's Blaine Tolison that the company is committed to providing a clean, comfortable environment for students, and appreciates the efforts of its employees during the transition period.

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