Shelby County Teachers Relieved over Payroll Change

Shelby County Teachers Relieved over Payroll Change

Last week, Unified School District administrators notified employees about missing a paycheck. This came about as Memphis and Shelby County Schools are getting on the same payroll schedule. Teachers said they knew if enough noise was made they would bring about change, and now they couldn't be happier.
BARTLETT, TN (localmemphis.com) - Crisis is averted. Shelby County teachers will get paid. They got the notice Monday afternoon. Last week, Unified School District administrators notified employees about missing a paycheck. This came about as Memphis and Shelby County Schools are getting on the same payroll schedule. Teachers said they knew if enough noise was made they would bring about change, and now they couldn't be happier.

"This is wonderful," said veteran Bartlett High School teacher Bount Smith. She couldn't help but to smile when she heard that teachers will be paid over 27 pay periods instead of 26. Her emotions were completely different an hour earlier, before the email was sent to employees.

"We're all upset, very upset," said Mrs. Smith. "You don't hit a person in their pocketbook; that is disastrous, it's just not fair."

This will be Smith's 43rd year teaching at Bartlett High School. She started off teaching English and currently teaches Latin. Now that she doesn't have to worry about a missed paycheck to pay the bills, she can focus on what she does best: teaching students.

Thousands of Shelby County employees will now get paid on August 2nd. The Unified District wanted to wait until August 16 to pay Shelby County employees to put them on the same payroll schedule as MCS. Employees were outraged about the late notice. Some were even seeking legal action.

"You cannot interrupt or diminish any of the rights of the teachers, and rights also means salary," said concerned Shelby County parent and attorney at law Audrey Grossman. "So a lot of people look at this and say, how is this not an interruption in salary?"

While Smith is worried the Unified District won't be ready to open in August, right now she is celebrating this piece of good news.

"Thank you Shelby County! Thank you superintendent! Thank you deputy superintendent, and the director of finance," she said.

The superintendent said in the employee email there may be more bumps in the road, but the administration is making progress and they will be ready to open as a unified district in August.
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