Shawnee Mission restructures high school custodian jobs; current employees required to re-apply

The Shawnee Mission district's Administration Center.

Some high school custodians in the Shawnee Mission School District may be out of a job after a shuffling of positions and a reclassification of duties had custodians re-applying for positions.

The restructuring is not reducing the number of employees in the custodial ranks and is only at the high school level. However, applications for the newly defined positions were accepted from more than just the current high school custodial ranks. Employees at the elementary level or people outside the district could apply for the high school jobs, as well.

One high school custodian told that he had been given notice that he is no longer has a job with the district after re-applying. He had a number of years in his current job.

District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal gave the following description of the process:

“The district is in the process of restructuring the operations and maintenance department including developing comprehensive district-wide plans for providing support in areas like grounds maintenance.  This restructuring has prompted a reclassification of duties and changes in job descriptions for high school building custodial personnel.  As these changes occur, the reclassified positions are posted, and everyone has an opportunity to apply for an open position. As these are personnel matters, I cannot speak to who may or may not have been selected for positions.”

The district acknowledged that some current custodians may not be retained in custodial jobs.