After noticing that classrooms weren't getting the attention they needed when it came to cleaning, the District 145 School Board in Freeport, Illinois looked at where the custodians were spending all their time. Research showed that the staff was spending 1,000 man-hours per year washing and drying towels, rags and mops, according to reports from the JournalStandard.com. This time was spending the district an estimated $14,000 a year.

The district is now looking at outsourcing its towel service, which will result in about $5,000 a year in savings. The decision will not threaten any custodial jobs, but will instead free them up to do their jobs.

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