Many University of Akron employees got an early holiday present Wednesday: news they will get three additional days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
This will be the seventh year of extra vacation for 2,100 staff and contract professionals. Faculty already are off between the two holidays because classes are not in session.
UA trustees approved a resolution that closes the campuses Dec. 28-30.
The resolution cited “significant and collective efforts of those employees in contributing to the institutions’ growth and student success” as the reason for the extra vacation days.
Now UA will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, although safety and physical plant personnel will work and will receive paid time off at another time.
Spokeswoman Laura Massie said the university would save money in utility and operational costs but did not know how much.
Just 10 miles down the road, Kent State will close for the same period and will give its staff and contract professionals an additional three days of vacation as well. Cleveland State will close and give employees an additional three days off, too.
Tax-supported universities statewide that will be open for business on some days between the two holidays include Ohio State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Ohio University.
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