School district seeks to repair payroll mistake

A school district in western Massachusetts is seeking to recoup more than $1.2 million that was inadvertently added to payroll, WGGB-TV reports. Teachers in Springfield, Massachusetts, incorrectly received the boost in salary following a payroll error that added 1 percent to teachers' salaries when a new contract went into effect last October.

Now, the school district's officials and the teacher's union are working to craft a resolution that will fairly and accurately recover the funds. Springfield Teachers Association president Tim Collins told WGGB that it will be difficult for teachers to come up with the money, but acknowledged that they are under a legal requirement to do so.

"I've got a number of teachers with kids in college, there budgets are tight, younger teachers are living paycheck to paycheck," Collins told the news source, adding that first a payment timeline must be worked out.

Such an error could have been avoided had the district utilized the services of a secure, outsourced payroll processing company, which would have correctly updated the district's payroll.

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