The Rockford School Board tonight approved a two-year contract with Securatex, a Chicago-based security services firm, to provide unarmed security guards in Rockford Public Schools.
The existing contract for security services with Andy Frain Services started in the 2012-13 school year and is set to expire June 30. A competitive bid process led to the Administration’s recommendation for the School Board to hire Securatex, starting July 1.
The two-year contract includes three optional one-year renewals. If the contract is extended to its full potential, the contract is worth more than $4 million, total, over the course of five years.
The change in security companies should be invisible to the public, including staff and students, said Fred Diehl, Director of Security Services. About 50 guards will continue to work in the schools and at after-school activities, such as athletic events.
Security guards work as an extension of each building’s administration. They assist building leaders in maintaining order and monitoring school visitors.
Diehl expects much of the guard force to remain the same. Guards working in RPS 205 schools with Andy Frain will likely apply for jobs with Securatex. As in other school years, this force will undergo the same training and professional development to ensure students and staff remain safe in RPS 205 buildings and on school grounds.
The cost of this contract with Securatex– nearly $810,000 in the first year and a total of $4 million over five years – is less per year than the district’s previous security contract. Andy Frain Services was hired for $1.1 million for the 2012-13 school year. That contract was subsequently extended for two additional years.
Six companies attended a pre-bid meeting last month, and three companies completed the bid process, submitting base bids for five years, the contract's full potential:
|Academic Year||Andy Frain||U.S. Security Services Associates||Securatex|
|Total Base Bid||$4,397,838.76||$5,888,607.54||$4,053,279.59|