- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - As the University of Wyoming prepares to open new buildings, a short-staffed custodial service is struggling to keep up.

UW’s custodial service has about 100 positions responsible for keeping academic and administrative buildings on campus clean. But a hiring freeze that began in October and budget restrictions have cut the workforce, the Laramie Boomerang reported (https://bit.ly/2aJS98l ).

The Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, the Half Acre Gym addition, the Business Building, the Michael B. Enzi STEM Building and the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts have been added to the campus since 2009, when the custodial department’s budget was cut 9 percent.

The entire Enzi STEM Building is cared for by one custodian and one building manager, said Tod Scott, manager of custodial services. Since a hiring freeze began in October, 13 custodial positions have opened and he has been given approval to fill five, Scott said.

Everyone is trying to pull together and help, UW Operations Executive Director John Davis said.

“People are working smarter and harder,” Davis said. “We have a great, great group.”

However, the custodial staff changes fairly regularly. Many are UW students working through college.

If vacancies continue to go unfilled “we will just be able to provide less and less services,” Scott said.

“We might not be able to empty the trashes - people might need to take them out of their own offices. We wouldn’t be able to vacuum even once a week. We wouldn’t be able to do our project work like shampooing the carpets,” he said.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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