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SCS reviews $22 million contract with cleaning company

GCA Services is the company that signed a $22 million contract to keep the schools clean. Now, Shelby County Schools says GCA needs to clean up its act. GCA Services is the company that signed a $22 million contract to keep the schools clean. Now, Shelby County Schools says GCA needs to clean up its act.
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is expected to report on some of the concerns during his report at Tuesday's school board meeting. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is expected to report on some of the concerns during his report at Tuesday's school board meeting.

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools leaders say they will do whatever they have to do in order to keep their schools clean because the health and safety of their students is top priority.

They say their message is clear: Dirty schools are not acceptable.

GCA Services is the company that signed a $22 million contract to keep the schools clean. Now, Shelby County Schools says GCA needs to clean up its act.

"We've heard from our constituents, our principals, our teachers, our students, and our community that basically said they're not happy with the level of service with GCA right now," said SCS Chief of Staff Reginald Porter, Jr.

Porter says, at this point, school administration is only reviewing GCA's one year contract with the school system.

The review comes after school board members heard from virtually every school in the district about uncleanliness inside the schools.

"The contract we approved had certain benchmarks for performance that GCA had to meet," added Shelby County Schools Board Vice-Chair Chris Caldwell.

GCA tells Action News 5 that it is responding earnestly to feedback from Shelby County Schools.

The company says its management team is conducting thorough inspections of each school building to ensure that all facilities meet or exceed Shelby County Schools' expectations.

School leaders say it may be too little, too late.

"Right now, we are not happy and we are looking at options," added Porter.

The contract with GCA is up next June.

Shelby County Schools can terminate its contract with the company by giving a 30-day notice.

Here is GCA's entire response to Action News 5 about the issue:

"GCA Education Services is responding earnestly to feedback from the Shelby County Schools administration, including principals. Our management team is currently conducting thorough inspections of each school building to ensure that all facilities meet or exceed Shelby County Schools' expectations."

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is expected to report on some of the concerns during his report at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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