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University of Iowa News Release

June 28, 2004

UI Offices To Be Cleaned Less Often Due To Budget Reductions

University of Iowa offices will be cleaned less often as a result of budget reductions in fiscal year 2005. Beginning July 1, custodians at Iowa will empty trashcans and clean offices only once every other week. Other changes include the elimination of exterior window washing.

The service reductions, saving about $250,000, are in response to recommendations by the University's General Education (GEF) Task Force, charged by UI President David Skorton with finding ways to cut expenditures to meet cuts in state funding. Skorton recently announced cuts of $2 million in GEF spending for FY2005, with further cuts planned for coming years. Facilities Services Group, the UI unit responsible for building maintenance and custodial services, suggested the reductions to UI administration, says Don Guckert, associate vice president for finance and operations. Some UI offices have been on the every-other-week schedule for a while, but this change extends the schedule to all UI offices out of the public eye.

"We will meet reduced staffing needs through attrition and reassignment of duties," Guckert says. "We have to make this change, but it's not easy for our staff, who have a great deal of pride in the daily appearance of every part of the buildings they maintain."

Classrooms, laboratories, hallways and other instructional or public spaces --including offices frequented by the public -- will not be affected by the change, Guckert says, so students and the public should not notice the reduced service.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One,
Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu; Program: Don Guckert, 319-335-1248, don-guckert@uiowa.edu