Falkirk first in queue
The council was the first education authority to make its move and has already won Scottish Office support of Pounds 8 million a year over 25 years to fund the deal. Contracts are expected to be exchanged by next week.
Falkirk says it has successfully negotiated five years' enhanced protection for the terms and conditions of more than 100 janitors, cleaners and catering staff who will transfer to Class 98, the name of the consortium chosen to run the schools.
Other non-teaching employees, including grounds and building maintenance staff, will remain with the authority.