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Cutting shifts in half to save money

February 19, 2009
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MILFORD, CT — Milford Public Schools plan to save money and counter high overtime costs by cutting some custodial shifts in half, according to The Connecticut Post.
The district has spent $246,269 while $192,500 was budgeted for the year as snow-removal costs were added to overtime already paid during summer construction at both high schools, the story stated.
Union President Jim Whitaker said: "It may cost less to employ the temp, but it takes them twice as long to do the job. The union guys — they know exactly where the mop is. We don''t have to fumble looking for what key opens what door. We know all the buildings."
On evenings when a full-time school custodian is out, a temporary substitute will work a four-hour shift instead of eight hours. There are mixed feelings as to whether or not the schools can be effectively cleaned in half the time, the story noted.
Fewer-than-expected retirements this fiscal year are a concern to administrators who had anticipated savings when the higher-paid veterans left and were replaced by new employees paid less, the story added.
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