SOUTH HOLLAND | The Thornton Township High School District 205 board voted this week to seek bids from companies wishing to provide security and custodial services for the district’s three high schools.
Currently, security services are provided by Chicago Heights-based Diamond Security Co., while RJB Properties, of Orland Park, provides custodial services at Thornton High School in Harvey, Thornridge High in Dolton and Thornwood High in South Holland.
But in the case of security, Diamond was recently acquired by U.S. Security Associates.
In both instances, neither Diamond nor RJB had proper contracts to do business with District 205. Both were being paid by month-to-month agreements that have been in place for years, rather than at a set rate on a long-term contract.
That led the School Board to say Wednesday it wants to have companies submit formal bids for both services so that long-term contracts can be approved for security and custodial services.
School Board President Kenneth Williams said officials have no complaints about the security or custodial services. He said he hopes that U.S. Security and RJB are among the bidders.
But he also said that U.S. Security had suggested in recent talks that a 3 percent increase would be desired, which made Williams think the process should be opened up.
“I’d be more comfortable if it were put up to bid and we see who the lowest bidder will be,” Williams said.
The School Board approved by a 5-1 vote both measures to seek bids. Member Edward Crayton was absent, while board member Bernadette Lawrence was the lone opposition vote.
She said since services have been acceptable, she didn't understand why any change had to be made. She tried to get any action on the issue postponed until a future School Board meeting, although board members refused to go along.
Under the measures approved Wednesday, bids will be accepted throughout the month, with bids likely opened late this month.
Depending on how many bids are received, contracts might be awarded when the School Board meets again July 10 at Thornwood High.
In other business, the School Board voted without opposition to renew a contract with Neopost, a mailing equipment and supplies company that will receive $15,588 for the next three years. The Neopost bid was the lower of two bids the distric received.