CLANTON, Ala. – An Alabama school canteen official says she was told by district officials she had to repay more than $23,000 in salary after a payroll error caused her to overpay since the 2016-17 school year.
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Christie Payne, child nutrition manager at Verbena High School, said she received a letter on April 12 from Chilton County Schools outlining the alleged overpayment and a plan to repay the money, WIAT-Television reported.
“A review of financial records reveals that you have been overpaid by the Chilton County School Board,” the letter reads.
“I need help,” Payne wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “I just got this in the mail. I had no idea this was happening. Now I have seven days to fix a six-year mistake made by (the) payroll department.
Chilton County Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin warned in the letter that Payne would face a penalty of $254 per month for each month the $23,465.40 error “is not supported. “. AL.com reported.
“Employee moved from assistant manager to manager,” the letter reads, according to WBMA. “The employee should have started at step 0 or the manager’s schedule, but he had years of experience as an assistant.”
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The letter offered Payne three options to repay the money: $325.91 per month for 72 months, $3,910.90 per year for the next six years, or pay in one lump sum. WIAT reported.
“I called payroll when I got the letter. They acted like I did,” Payne said AL.com. “I work in the canteen. I only know food and dining related duties, I don’t know anything about payroll department.
Griffin declined to comment on the issue on Thursday.
“Due to employee confidentiality concerns, Chilton County Schools will not be commenting on your request,” Griffin wrote in an email, according to WIAT.
WBMA went to the Chilton County School Board offices on Friday and was told Griffin was out of the office.
Tracy LeSieur, UniServdirector of the Alabama Education Association for District 13, has been in contact with Payne.
“I met with the employee this morning, and we’ve completed the proper paperwork and are gathering all the paperwork that will be sent to the AEA Legal Department and they will review and assess it,” LeSieur said. WBMA.
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