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Custodial overtime spending continues to soar for Stamford schools

November 12, 2018

STAMFORD — The city’s public schools spent half of its custodial overtime budget by the end of the first month of classes this year.

According to a report released Friday, the district spent $875,000 on custodial overtime during the first quarter of the fiscal year that ended in September. According to the report, $3,000 was spent on moving the adult and continuing education classes to Old Town Hall and the rest was used to cover for full-time custodial vacancies and for mold remediation in the schools.

The district has a budget of $1,756,000 for custodial overtime for the entire fiscal year with $1.7 million for regular overtime and $56,000 for adult and continuing education.

The Board of Education’s fiscal and operations committee will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the report, released two months into the second quarter of the fiscal year and only shows data through the end of September.

Director of Facilities Richie Lyons said he didn’t have the first-quarter report or exact numbers at last month’s fiscal and operations committee meeting.

The report shows custodial vacancies reported at Davenport Ridge Elementary School, Roxbury Elementary School, Strawberry Hill School, Northeast Elementary School, Toquam Magnet Elementary School and Dolan Middle School, which has two openings. There are also vacancies for a plumber, an electrician and a painter.

After $89,000 was spent in July, custodial overtime costs soared to $521,000 in August and dropped to $261,000 in September.

In October, Lyons said the district had spent $43,000 more in custodial overtime in July and August than during that period in 2017.

The district was $600,000 over budget for custodial overtime last year. At least $542,000 of the $2 million spent was used for shift coverage, particularly for part-time custodians. The recent report shows part-time custodial staffing levels remain low.

The fiscal and operations committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at Stamford Government Center.

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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