School begins, summer help disappears
Area businesses find ways to make it work

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

August 14, 2014

Luke Wendorf, 14, of Kodiak Island, Alaska, works on the ice cream buckets at Scoop DeVille on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. Wendorf is in town for a week and is helping at the store.    
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HARTFORD - After college and high school students return to school, Washington County businesses who hire them cope by cutting staff and adjusting schedules.

Scoop DeVille, 65 N. Main St., in Hartford is a popular place for students to work during the summer.

“We do have a lot of students,” co-owner of Scoop DeVille Carrie Stelzer said, adding this summer she hired many college students.

During the summer, college students get more hours than high schoolers because Stelzer said they need money to pay for college while high school students want to enjoy the summer.

By the time college and high school students go back to school, she doesn’t need as many employees.
 

Scoop deVille on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford.   
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Scoop DeVille, an old-fashioned ice cream shop and soda parlor, has an employee who works during the day and a high school student comes after school during the school year.

“I think the kids like it,” Stelzer said of the students who work at the ice cream shop.

She said parents come in and tell her their child has no complaints about going to work.

“It’s a fun place to be. They get to eat ice cream,” Stelzer said.

Stelzer said one of the positive aspects about students working at Scoop DeVille is the students get to work with a lot of their peers and can switch hours if they need to. She said they understand that.

Steve Beck is the grocery manager at Sendik’s Food Market, 280 N. 18th Ave., West Bend, and he said they have a lot of high school and college students in just about every department. He said if they take the time to hire and train students they want them to stay through the summer and they encourage them to do that.

Mike Rothschadl is the owner of the Beef Jerky Outlet, 3010 Helsan Drive, in Richfield and he said they have some employees who attend school locally and can work past the summer.

Rothschadl said when students go back to school the challenge is working around their schedules. He said online classes allow students to work with them.

He said the advantages of hiring students is their flexibility. He said his sales lead will sit down with them and come up with a schedule that works for everyone.