Most Many of the employees of St. Louis Public Schools did not get paid today as scheduled. District spokesmen Johnny Little and Tony Sanders have not returned repeated calls, but sources in the district say the fault lies in the treasurer’s office.
As we reported earlier this week, Superintendent Creg Williams turned those duties over to the district’s interim chief financial officer, Cedric Lewis, after Enos Moss suddenly resigned from the post three weeks ago.
UPDATE 1: Mary Armstrong, the president of the teachers’ union, said today’s payroll mistake affects all of the district’s employees who get paid by direct deposit. She said she has asked the superintendent to make paper checks available to those employees today for pick-up at the district headquarters.
She said she has also asked the district to prepare letters addressed to the creditors of those employees facing non-sufficient funds (NSF) and late fees because of the today’s error.
UPDATE 2: Tony Sanders, a district spokesman, said that principals are collecting names those teachers that “want or need” to get paid today and that checks will be delivered to those employees at the school sometime this afternoon.
Sanders would not say how the mistake occured, except to call it a “human error.” He would not identify the particular human at fault.
UPDATE 3: Two thousand (out of approximately 5,000) employees were affected by today’s direct deposit transmission error. District spokesman Tony Sanders pointed out that that is not “most” of the district’s employees. And so we have corrected our original post to reflect that.
Sanders also wanted to clear up a couple of other things. He said the decision to give paper checks to only those employees who requested one was because had checks been written to all 2,000 employees, you would have some employees who would not be available today to receive them. Due to Independence Day holiday, some staff members would then not receive their pay until they returned next week — or later for employees who are on vacation. It would also be difficult to notify those employees.
Sanders also pointed out that the error impacted all staff members who utilize direct deposit, not just teachers, as some have suggested.
UPDATE 4: Contrary to a promise from Dr. Williams emailed to all district staff, some employees did not receive paper checks by the end of the day. We are told that those employees who bank at U.S. Bank should see the funds available tomorrow. Those that bank at other institutions should see their funds available on Monday, July 3.
UPDATE 5: Here’s a video of an interview we did this afternoon with the Local 420′s president, Mary Armstrong…