In a curious case that is still being looked into, nearly 200 paychecks from the first pay period of the new school year were delivered short earlier this month, while, just a few days later, the woman in charge of payroll for the district abruptly resigned. And while he wouldn’t say the two incidents are nefariously connected, Superintendent Brian Sarvis did explain last week that the paycheck mix-up wasn’t the first of its kind and that an outside audit would likely be done in the coming weeks to make sure that nothing more serious had happened.
Specifically, paychecks issued on September 30 and October 1 were printed up for less than they should have been because too much money was taken out for health and welfare benefits apparently due to incorrect data entry, according to district officials. The error was caught and new checks were printed in less than 24 hours. On the same day the last erroneous checks were issued, payroll coordinator Patricia Vogt voluntarily resigned from her post, one that earned her between $95,000 to $108,000 a year. As for the independent audit, the district is considering bringing in the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team, the same group that provided an outside — and ultimately scathing — look at its beleaguered Special Education department last year, though any such move would require the approval of the school board.