SIKESTON -- This summer the Sikeston R-6 School District is experimenting with a new method to save energy and money.
During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, school board members learned beginning this week through July 29 all buildings in the district are operating on a four-day work week schedule.
"We've never had this opportunity in 20 years so we thought we'd give it a try to save some money," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller told board members.
Borgsmiller noted the building and grounds and housekeeping employees started on the schedule the week after school let out on May 27.
"We'll have three consecutive days we'll be closed, and our utilities and thermostat will be turned up," Borgsmiller said about the new work schedule.
According to the most recent research, districts can generally anticipate about a 2.5 percent savings when going to a four-day school week, Borgsmiller said.
"We're going to take a look at our utilities this summer because that can be monitored," Borgsmiller said.
School building employees will work four 10-hour days Monday through Thursday. Staff is generally coming in at 7 a.m. and leaving at 5:30 p.m., the superintendent said.
"We're just going to see how it works," Borgsmiller said. "If we can save ourselves a couple thousand bucks and get the same job done, then we've accomplished and saved some money."
For the entire story as well as information on Sikeston R-6 2011-2012 school lunch prices, district staff changes and various bids awarded by the district during Tuesday's school board meeting, see the Wednesday, June 15 edition of the Standard Democrat or click here to log on to the electronic edition.