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Nearly 700 Detroit Public Schools’ facilities management employees participated in a job fair being held by Sodexo this week and seven local minority-owned business partners who will assume custodial, building repair, maintenance, engineering and grounds services for the district.
The job fair was held exclusively for DPS employees at the DPS Welcome Center in Detroit’s New Center area. Each employee completed a job application and received an individual interview, as well as undergoing a background check and drug testing.
“Our goal was to interview all 699 DPS current facilities management employees as well as some who were on leave of absence by the end of the job fair,” said Patricia Bryson, Sodexo Human Resources Director. “As of today we have met that goal and interviewed 699 applicants. We are extremely pleased with this overwhelming turnout.”
Sodexo will notify everyone who participated in the job fair next week to let them know the status of their application. Employees who missed the job fair altogether will be contacted by mail by Sodexo and its partners to provide one last opportunity to go through the application process and will also be notified of additional opportunities.
“We and our partners are extremely gratified with the response and have already started the hiring process,” Bryson said. “We will start distributing contingent offers to future employees next week. Our intention is to hire all those who have successfully completed the application process, as well as the background check and drug screening.”
Sodexo and its seven minority-owned business partners were awarded a five year contract to save the district $75 million for school maintenance and engineering services. The partners, all minority-owned businesses include five Detroit-based businesses: 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.
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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.