Saline Area Schools were unharmed when Professional Educational Services Group, a firm that provides substitute teachers and staff for more than 110 school districts, unexpectedly closed its door this week. According to Michigan Public Radio, PESG notified all of its Michigan employees that they were terminated Monday.
Saline Area Schools used PESG for its substitute teachers until about 3 ½ years ago, according to Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden. That’s when the district switched mid-year to EduStaff – a transition that wasn’t easy but was well worth it, Graden said.
“We found that EduStaff was more professional working with us and working with substitute teachers as well,” Graden said.
Switching mid-year wasn’t easy.
“Our HR department and finance department had to do a lot of extra work to transition mid year, but we went in and did it,” Graden said. “Since then a lot of Washtenaw County school districts have switched to EduStaff.”
Graden was asked if the situation with PESG gave him any pause about relying on third-party staffing firms.
“It gives you pause when dealing with any third party vendor. If you rely on a vendor and they suddenly halt services, it can be very disruptive and have many ramifications.”