Southwest Atlanta - An investigation by Atlanta Public Schools officials is underway to find out how contracted custodians were able to manipulate legitimate school ID badges.
APD said that four were arrested at southwest Atlanta's Adamsville Elementary after they were found in possession of fake IDs. 3 other contract custodians were picked up at Slater Elementary in SE Atlanta.
Keith Bromery, the APS Spokesperson, said that four other contractors were arrested at the downtown central office when they tried to use fake documents to obtain legitimate IDs. his description was that the badges that the contract employees had and presented seemed to have their photos altered. Like they had someone's legitimate ID, then tried to put their picture over it.
The interesting side-note to this story is that APS has plans to cut a number of custodians jobs to help with the budget shortfall. APS recently announced it wanted to lay off as many as 100 full-time custodians and replace them with contractors.
It is exactly these contractors, or a number of them, that were part of this fraud and begs the question wheth contractors can be trusted and is it worth letting go seasoned APS custodians.
What are your thoughts? Is this just an isolated incident of a few bad contractors, or do you think keeping our APS full-time custodians is the better option for security and trustworthy purposes?
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