York Day School in California adopted solar power in a unique outsourcing relationship with Solar Power Partners, a finance company for solar projects, and Blueline Power, a solar power integrator. The relationship provides the school with electricity at a competitive rate guaranteed for 15 years. Outsourcing reduced the school’s carbon footprint and creates a progressive image, which helps with fundraising.
We decided to move as many resources to education as possible. We really wanted to make a change from a 38-year-old system, states Pam Brown, Director of Facilities & Asset Management for the Portland Public School District (PPSD). The district’s facilities management processes –with its schools’ custodial services being contracted out to a local union — had been in place for 38 years when the decision to outsource was made in 2002.
A self-funding story – how a school district’s IT operations were improved, creating needed investment funds for classroom instruction at the same time.
All the steps to building a win-win outsourcing relationship are taken upfront before the contract is signed. This relationship truly is exemplary in illustrating how to construct and manage a world-class, notably successful outsourcing relationship.