Several Shelby County Schools employees are saying they did not paid from the school district on Friday.
Friday, Aug. 16, is a pay day for the newly merged school district.
In an e-mail obtained by FOX13 news that was sent out to district employees Friday morning, SCS administrators said they expect all employees will be paid by the end of the day, but some banks had yet to post direct deposit checks.
We understand there has been some concern this morning regarding the delivery and receipt of pay. Today is pay day, and we expect all employees to be paid today. Please know that all direct deposits were issued by the district, and all paper checks have been mailed to employees who receive a paper check. We were informed this morning that a few banks had not yet posted their direct deposits. However, in most cases, the deposits were posted once the banks opened for business today, and we expect the remainder of direct deposits to post soon if they have not already posted.
If you have not yet read the district notification below, please do so to ensure you are informed of all payroll updates.
Shelby County Schools isn't saying much more than everyone has been paid and some of the checks just posted late.
Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams said some 300 district employees had their checks posted late, citing a combination of problems from the district's IT person resigning to a change in banks to an employee verification problem.
"What I was told is that the schools were sent a list of all employees and they were to verify that list of employees and some people did not get verified and their names were dropped from the payroll," he said.
Williams was also told there was a bandwidth problem somewhere between the banks in the system, and the combination of troubles left SCS hand writing some checks for employees as late as three o'clock Friday afternoon.
"That situation has been addressed and acknowledged and corrected," he said.
Williams has been highly critical of the unified school district and says this is what you get when you make a merger in haste.
"There's no plan to succeed and we're trying to build an airplane while we fly it," he said.
Williams believes the whole glitch could have been avoided
"I guess the way to avoid it was to do a test of the system at some point and do due diligence," he said. "Make sure that the system is completely accurate and you must have some way to test it or someone is accountable."
He can empathize with those who didn't get their paychecks immediately because it happened in his house.
"My wife didn't have one this morning either and she was, 'Where is my paycheck?' She cried and it posted around 9 a.m."
FOX13 News reporter Tom Dees contributed to this report.
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