The delay stems from the 41,000-student district upgrading software that handles payroll, purchase orders, student records and a host of administrative operations.
Teachers' December paychecks included a note explaining that because of computer-system improvements their salaries were not up to date. The district's 61 mid-level managers -- in positions such as the district athletic director, public information officer and risk manager -- also were affected.
'Not a problem with the system'
The district is in the midst of moving employee work history and pay levels into the new school-management system called Skyward -- a web-based software program used in
Once that's done, teachers will start seeing the extra cash in their paychecks, but that's not expected to happen until the mid-March, just before teachers go on spring break.
Lake's chief financial officer
When asked how she could not view the pay issue as a problem, MacLeod -- who didn't receive a raise -- emphasized that employees were notified.
"How is it a problem? We're in the middle of a system conversion we told everybody in the universe about."
The district expects to spend
Not being prepared 'inexcusable'
"There's nothing more important for an employer than to be accurate and fair when it comes to pay," he said. "For us not to be prepared for this is inexcusable."
MacLeod said school service workers such as custodians, teacher assistants and bus drivers already received their raises because their contract was settled earlier in the school year. School principals and executives such as MacLeod did not receive raises.
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