Ninety Six Percent of DPS Employees Attend First Four Days of Job Fair; Contingent notifications to begin next week

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542; Cell: 313-212-5636; steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401; Cell: 313-401-9018; jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

Nearly 96 percent of Detroit Public Schools’ facilities management employees participated in the first four days of a job fair being held by Sodexo and seven local and minority-owned business partners who will assume custodial, building repair, maintenance, engineering and grounds services for the district.

Friday is the final day of the job fair being held exclusively for current DPS employees at the DPS Welcome Center in Detroit’s New Center area. Each employee completes a job application and receives an individual interview as well as undergoing a background check and drug testing.

“The total number of applicants that we interviewed was 669 by Thursday afternoon,” said Patricia Bryson, Sodexo Human Resources Director. “Our goal when we began was to interview all 699 DPS current facilities management employees by the end of the job fair and we are extremely pleased with this overwhelming turnout.”

The 30 remaining employees who had not yet completed the application process Thursday have until noon Friday to do so. Employees who miss 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.

“We and our partners are extremely gratified with the response and have already started the hiring process,” Bryson said. “We will start distributing contingent offer letters to our future employees next week.”

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.

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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