Custodial

Custodial cost per square foot, per student, workload, and supply cost per square foot.

Cost per Square Foot

APS Cost per Square Foot
YearCost
201112 $1.19
201213 $1.20
201314 $1.15
201415 $1.07

Description of Calculation: Total cost of district-operated custodial work plus total cost of contract-operated custodial work, divided by total square footage of all non-vacant buildings.

Importance of Measure: This measure is an important indicator of the efficiency of the custodial operations. The value is impacted not only by operational effectiveness, but also by labor costs, material and supply costs, supervisory overhead costs as well as other factors. This indicator can be used as an important comparison with other districts to identify opportunities for improvement in custodial operations to reduce costs.

Factors that Influence

  • Cost of labor
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Cost of supplies and materials
  • Size of school

Districts in Best Quartile (2014–2015) 

  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Guilford County School District
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Palm Beach County School District 

Cost per Student

APS Cost per Student
YearCost
201112 $198
201213  $212
201314 $201
201415 $198

Description of Calculation: Total custodial work costs (contractor and district-operated), divided by total student enrollment.

Importance of Measure: This measure is an important indicator of the efficiency of the custodial operations. The value is impacted not only by operational effectiveness, but also by labor costs, material and supply costs, supervisory overhead costs as well as other factors. This indicator can be used as an important comparison with other districts to identify opportunities for improvement in custodial operations to reduce costs.

Factors that Influence

  • Cost of labor
  • Cost of supplies and materials
  • Scope of duties assigned to custodians

Districts in Best Quartile (20142015)

  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Guilford County School District
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Palm Beach County School District

Custodial Workload

APS Custodial Workload
YearCost
201112 23,916
201213 23,365
201314 26,019
201415 25,102

Description of Calculation: Total square footage of non-vacant buildings that are managed by the district, divided by total number of district custodial field staff. This measure only applies to district-operated sites.

Importance of Measure: This measurement is a very good indicator of the workload for each custodian. It allows districts to compare their operations with others to evaluate the relative efficiency of the custodial employees. A value on the low side could indicate that custodians may have additional assigned duties, or have opportunities for efficiencies as compared to districts with a higher ratio. A higher number could indicate a well managed custodial program or that some housekeeping operations are assigned to other employee classifications. It is important for a district to examine what drives the ratio to determine the most effective workload.

Factors that Influence

  • Assigned duties for custodians
  • Management effectiveness
  • Labor agreements
  • District budget 

Districts in Best Quartile (20142015)

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • St. Louis City Public School District
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Wichita Public Schools

Custodial Supply Cost per Square Foot

APS Custodial Supply Cost per Square Foot
YearCost
201112 $0.04
2012–13 $0.04
2013–14 $0.04
2014–15 $0.04

Description of Calculation: Total custodial supply cost of district-operated custodial services, divided by total square footage of buildings managed by the district. This measure only applies to district-operated sites.

Importance of Measure: This measure is an important indicator of the efficiency of the custodial operations. The value is impacted not only by operational effectiveness, but also by labor costs, material and supply costs, supervisory overhead costs as well as other factors. This indicator can be used as an important comparison with other districts to identify opportunities for improvement in custodial operations to reduce costs.

Factors that Influence

  • Cost of labor
  • Cost of supplies and materials
  • Scope of duties assigned to custodians

Districts in Best Quartile (20142015)

  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Anchorage School District
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Guilford County School District
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Palm Beach County School District
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