County school employees request shorter workweek

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

The rising price of gas has prompted some employees of the Dallas County School System to request a shorter workweek.

At a special called meeting on recently, Dallas County School Board discussed considering a four-day workweek for clerical, bookkeeping, transportation and maintenance workers over the summer months.

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If approved, the workers would still work their required hours, working longer hours per day.

The board took no action on the request, but said it was a reasonable request, as some employees commute more than 25 miles from Maplesville and other areas.

The board did not specify when a decision would be made on the summer schedule.

Motorists are paying a national average of $3.787 a gallon for regular gasoline, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, and the price of crude oil soared to a record high of $127.82 per barrel on Friday. The surge comes a week before the Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the summer driving season.

County road workers went to a four-day workweek last year and are continuing the schedule as well as consolidating jobs by scheduling work by district.