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Study: District's custodial and maintenance operations are overstaffed

April 1, 2010
EASTON, PA — A recent study of the Easton Area School District''s custodial and maintenance operations revealed that the district employs too many custodians and needs to crack down on the ''''overuse'''' of overtime, according to the Morning Call.
The study, commissioned by the district, found that too many custodians are scheduled during day shifts and that overtime accounted for 23 percent of the $1.13 million paid for maintenance salaries in the 2007-08 school year, representing $264,420, the story stated.
Tim Case, supervisor of facilities operations for the Easton Area School District, said: "You can see that staffing levels are definitely reflected in the cleanliness of our buildings. I would be against going any further than that because I want to keep facilities at the highest quality of cleanliness that we can."
The $10,000 study, completed by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), reviewed all levels of the operations and maintenance of the Easton Area School District to help rein in a $13 million budget gap, the story noted.
Case says that recent overtime increases are attributed to the maintenance staff working extra time moving equipment between schools as building renovations were completed during the past few years, the story added.
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