Money-saving summer schedule set for Austin ISD

January 16, 2012 5:36:18 AM PST
Leaders of a Central Texas school district have decided to change the summer schedule to save money on utilities.

Austin Independent School District offices will be closed on Fridays the last week of June and all of July. The district offices will also close for a week this summer.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that workers were notified of the change when they returned from the winter break. Employees who normally are scheduled for work must take vacation time to cover the week when Austin ISD offices are closed.

The district last summer saved more than $334,000 with similar cutbacks. Officials estimated the savings will be higher this year because of rising utility costs and the lingering drought.