West Memphis Community College takes unique route to save money - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

West Memphis Community College takes unique route to save money

The pain at the pump is forcing everyone to find ways to cut spending elsewhere. But one community college in West Memphis is doing something a bit drastic.

It is the middle of the day on Friday and at Mid South Community College it looks like it is already Saturday.

The campus is deserted and the lights are out in every building.

For the students and employees at Mid South Community College it already is Saturday. An extra Saturday.

It is part of a four day work week, where employees work ten hour days four days a week.

"Can't tell any difference in productivity, can tell a significant difference in morale.  Folks are energized and get an extra day to recuperate and rest," president of Mid-South Community College Glen Fenter said.

Administrators came up with the idea last summer as a way to save money on gas and utilities.

"When gas reached four dollars a gallon it seemed like and awfully good solution," Fenter said.

The college tried the idea out last summer and it worked.

"We're saving 20 percent in our utility costs,"  Fenter said.

Employees and students are also saving big by cutting out one extra commute a week.

At the end of the summer Mid South Community college will go back to a five day work week.

The president says they're experimenting with the schedules in the summer to try and find the best model.

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