Oak Ridge Schools considers outsourcing TA's and subs

Oak Ridge Schools considers outsourcing TA's and substitute teachers

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Several long time employees who'd be affected are incredibly upset. Their retirement and health benefits, among other things, would take a massive hit. Several long time employees who'd be affected are incredibly upset. Their retirement and health benefits, among other things, would take a massive hit.
"I'm very, very upset. It's a feeling of betrayal. That what I did for 20 years did not matter," said Jan Hagan, who has been a teaching assistant for more than 20 years. "I'm very, very upset. It's a feeling of betrayal. That what I did for 20 years did not matter," said Jan Hagan, who has been a teaching assistant for more than 20 years.
"The emotion we saw tonight was good to see. We are going to reflect of the issue with the benefits," said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers, about the next step. "The emotion we saw tonight was good to see. We are going to reflect of the issue with the benefits," said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers, about the next step.

by MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Like a lot of businesses, the Affordable Care Act has school districts across the nation in discussions as well.

The Oak Ridge School District, for example, is looking at what's best for their budget.

A company called PESG out Nashville has offered the district savings from $28,000-$380,000.  They'd be outsourcing teaching assistants and substitute teachers for the district.

Several long time employees who'd be affected are incredibly upset. Their retirement and health benefits, among other things, would take a massive hit.

"I'm very, very upset. It's a feeling of betrayal. That what I did for 20 years did not matter," said Jan Hagan, who has been a teaching assistant for more than 20 years.

"The emotion we saw tonight was good to see. We are going to reflect of the issue with the benefits," said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers, about the next step.

The school board was originally expected to vote on the outsourcing Monday night. Because of the outcry, they'll discuss it for another month.

PESG says they would, for the most part, be rehiring existing staff.

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