Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Summer Schedule for School System’s Offices and Welcome Center

Four-day summer work weeks are one of several cost saving measures the Fayette County Board of Education is implementing in what is shaping up to be a tight budget year.

Twelve-month employees at the school system’s central offices and all 30 schools will work 10-hour days from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday with Fridays off. The four-day work schedule is estimated to save the system approximately $60,000-80,000 in energy costs per week.

With the exception of facilities where summer camps and classes are being held, business hours for all offices and buildings, including the Welcome Center where new student registrations are handled, will be Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Fridays. This schedule will take affect on June 2 and go through July 25.

Anyone who needs to register a child for school or conduct other business with the school system should make a note of the new summer hours.

Other cost saving measures the school system is considering implementing in the coming school year include leaving vacancies in offices where it is feasible, reducing travel and eliminating out-of-state travel, reducing overtime, reducing the amount of paper and copying costs with the implementation of the eBoard system and reassigning county office staff as vacancies at the school level come open.

Additional measures also under consideration are reducing discretionary duty leave, limiting the number of buses used for athletic events and consolidating bus routes as necessary after the first three weeks of school.
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