Eastern Kentucky University has announced it will privatize custodial and grounds maintenance on its Richmond campus.
The new contract goes into effect in August.
In a campus-wide email Monday, EKU Vice President for Finance Barry Poynter noted financial constraints in a rapidly changing Kentucky higher education funding environment.
In seeking to remain competitive in the higher ed landscape and create efficiencies, Poynter says Aramark Education Services will direct custodial and grounds maintenance services. The company’s investment and capital improvements are estimated to generate a $5 million impact.
The decision means roughly 180 positions will be eliminated and these workers will no longer be employed at Eastern effective July 29th.
Aramark Vice President for Corporate Communications Karen Cutler says the company intends to maintain the same number of positions.
She says all existing EKU custodial and grounds maintenance employees will be invited to apply for jobs with Aramark. The firm’s human resource team is on the Richmond campus this week.