Unified Schools Superintendent Devises Merged Payroll Solution

Unified Schools Superintendent Devises Merged Payroll Solution

Dorsey Hopson, Interim Superintendent for the merged Memphis/Shelby County school district, notified employees Monday of a "workable" solution to prevent teachers from missing a paycheck.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Dorsey Hopson, Interim Superintendent for the merged Memphis/Shelby County school district, notified employees Monday of a "workable" solution to prevent teachers from missing a paycheck.

Thursday night, thousands of employees received an email that said they'd have to make a decision in about two weeks whether to stretch out their July paycheck or go without pay until August 16th, sparking outrage among teachers and school leaders.

Hopson vowed that he and his staff would work over the weekend to come up with a better option.

"This is not the board's fault, this is our fault. This is an administrative decision and the process of making decisions by administrators have been flawed for a while," Hopson stated at a Friday press conference. "Look, I'm superintendent right now and this falls on me and I'm taking responsibility for it."

By Monday, Hopson sent an email to employees which read, in part:

"Effective July 1, legacy SCS teachers and legacy SCS 10-month salaried employees will be paid over twenty-seven (27) pay periods instead of twenty-six (26) pay periods. No pay periods will be missed, and the first paycheck issued to these legacy SCS employees by the unified district will be August 2. At the conclusion of 2013-14 fiscal year, all employees’ pay schedules will be harmonized. At that time, all employees will be placed on a twenty-six (26) pay period schedule."

He added, "This remedy is only available to, and necessary for, legacy SCS teachers and legacy SCS 10-month salaried employees. These are the only employees who would have missed an entire paycheck due to the harmonization process. The original payroll adjustment option communicated to teachers and 10-month salaried employees last week is no longer necessary or available."


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