High Gas Prices Force 4 Day Work Week At LETU

LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford announced late yesterday afternoon that the unprecedented increase in gasoline prices has lead to a four-day summer work schedule for staff during the summer months.

The university will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but employees will alternate 9-hour shifts in four days a week to cut their work commute by 20 percent.

"With gas prices at an all time high, a one-day-per-week reduction in commuting will make a real difference to many of our families," Lunsford said.

The message from the president to faculty and staff today read, in part, as follows:

The increase in gasoline prices is unprecedented and has significant impact on our personal family budgets.  In an effort to provide full-time staff some relief, the university will adopt a summer work schedule for the period June 2 through August 1, 2008. 
This change is for 2008 only, and we will consider the summer 2009 schedule at a later date. All university offices, including off-campus educational centers and sites, will remain open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or current office hours for the off-campus sites).
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Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com