Job Fair for DPS Employees Successful Through First Two Days; More than half of DPS employees complete application process

With two days of a week-long job fair completed, more than half of Detroit Public Schools’ facilities management employees have completed the application process to become employed by Sodexo or one of its seven minority-owned business partners when they take over responsibility for all DPS facilities maintenance Feb. 21.

“We’ve had more than 400 of DPS’ 699 facilities management employees complete the application process,” said Patricia Bryson, Sodexo Human Resource Director. “The employees have been very optimistic and upbeat and we are very happy with the results.”

All current DPS employees in areas such as custodial, building repair, maintenance, engineering and grounds service have been invited to attend the job fair, which will run through Friday and is intended exclusively for current DPS employees. Each employee fills out a job application and receives an individual interview as well as undergoing a background check and drug testing.

Sodexo and its seven partners, all minority-owned businesses including five Detroit-based businesses, have committed to giving DPS employees priority for the jobs they have held with DPS. Priority for any jobs not filled will go to Detroit residents. The job fair was scheduled to have employees come in during the week on different days, depending on the first letter of their last name.

“Some employees showed up on different days than scheduled but we were able take care of them,” Bryson said. “We look forward to accommodating our new employees as needed throughout this process.”

This job fair is only open to current DPS employees as outlined in the new partnership between DPS, Sodexo and its partners that were awarded a five year contract to save the district $75 million for school maintenance and engineering services. The partners are: Powerlink Facility Management Services, Payne Landscaping, Rickman Enterprise Group, Hercules & Hercules and White Glove Professional Cleaning Inc., as well as Midwest Environmental Services Group and Covenant Cleaning Services.

“Our team is excited about working with the many employees they have met,” said Stephen Dunmore, President of Sodexo’s School Services division. “We look forward to getting to work on helping the students at DPS by providing an environment conducive to a successful education.”

About Sodexo
Sodexo in North AmericaSodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at high academic levels. This fall, the district unveiled reforms throughout the district’s 142 schools, including expanded time for reading and mathematics under a common core curriculum, pre-algebra for 7th graders, a tutor for every pre-kindergartner through the Volunteer Reading Corps, additional language courses available, Advanced Placement courses available at every high school, more opportunities for student apprenticeships, internships, shadowing and mentorships, millions of dollars in school building improvements, and new safety and security systems in every school through a $41.7 million public safety plan.

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