Wage increase for Physical Plant employees at Elon
James Moore picks up after Elon students every morning. As a landscaper for physical plant, Moore was told he indirectly works for admissions when Elon first hired him three years ago. He keeps the campus looking spotless after students leave things behind ranging from footballs to lost wallets.
As part of the recently released Elon budget for the 2012-2013 school year students will see a 3.99 percent increase in tuition next year, the lowest since 2004-2005. Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology Gerald Whittington said that with the extra budget room, the school will focus on expanding financial aid, increasing diversity and keeping the faculty-student ratio steady.
But Elon will also be providing a raise to some of Elon’s lowest paid employees, like Physical Plant employees like Moore. Depending on how much the employee is already making, the raise can be anywhere from 7.5 to 2 percent. Physical Plant employees already receive a raise every year, but Whittington said this will be more substantial.
“I know it’s a little more than what they’ve done in the past,” Moore said.
For Moore, the raise is helping him think about the future. Two months after starting at Elon, Moore married his fiancé. As of now they live in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, and Moore is looking for something a little bigger.
“Well I rent my house now, so I’ll probably look more seriously about buying a home seriously if we were to get some more money,” Moore said.
Moore scours the Danieley residence looking for dropped trash. He’s keeping the Elon home clean and preparing it for any potential new students who might be getting a tour that day. It’s almost like he’s playing parent, something that Moore plans on doing in the near future with his wife, which is another reason why he’s looking for a bigger home.
“Our house now is just two bedroom and one bath and we might have some kids in the future,” Moore said. “So just get a good house nailed down before we start having kids and everything.”
Students at Elon don’t always see where their extra tuition is going, but in the case of Moore, it’s probably because they’re still asleep while he’s working to make Elon a spotless campus.Explore posts in the same categories: News, Shows comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.