Several years ago, OESPA members, teachers, and administrators realized that site-based maintenance was the most efficient way to service its 150 schools.
Once this system was running smoothly, OESPA surveyed people at each level, asking them what skills they needed to get up to speed.
Still, OESPA leaders aren't altogether happy with the way this first go-round of impact bargaining worked out.
"There was confusion about exactly when the district was obliged to notify us that contracting out was under consideration," says Bill Humphreys, OESPA's chief negotiator, who headed the impact bargaining team.
OESPA has not given up on getting rid of the subcontractors altogether.