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CONTINUATION OF SUMMER FOUR-DAY WORK WEEK BOOSTS SCHOOL SYSTEM SAVINGS OVER $1 MILLION IN LAST 5 YEARS

Anne Arundel County Public Schools facilities will operate on a four-day work week for the fifth consecutive year this summer, saving approximately $215,000 in operating and transportation costs over a seven-week period without any decrease in productivity. By the end of the summer, the initiative will have saved more than $1 million over the last five years.

Employees will work extended days from Monday through Thursday, with all AACPS schools and offices closed on Friday during the modified schedule period, which runs from Wednesday, June 19, 2013, through Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

All AACPS employees will continue to be responsible for working the mandatory number of weekly hours as stipulated by their job group and/or negotiated agreement. These changes are once again a result of collaboration between the Board and applicable bargaining group representatives.

As was the case last year, the initiative will save AACPS approximately $162,000 in facilities operations costs and $53,000 in transportation expenses in addition to reducing environmental impacts.

Programs held in schools and other AACPS facilities from June 19 through August 6 will be adjusted to fit within the four-day week schedule. Questions regarding programs run by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks or other agencies outside of AACPS should be directed to the sponsoring agency.

Limited exceptions to the four-day work week may be granted by Superintendent Kevin Maxwell for facilities undergoing significant renovation or construction, or where the four-day model is not feasible for other reasons.