Wake County schools will get an additional day of sweeping and vacuuming per week for the new school year, reversing a cut that was made last year.
Wake got more money than expected from the state so the school board agreed last month to spend an additional $3 million on school cleaning. The money will allow schools to return to having their floors vacuumed and swept three times a week.
During last year's budget crunch, the school board eliminated 70 custodial positions and reduced vacuuming and sweeping to twice a week. Some parents have volunteered at schools to help pick up the slack.
The school board voted Tuesday to pay two companies an additional $1.1 million for the extra day of cleaning. School officials say other contracts are being negotiated and some of the custodians who were let go may be rehired.