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Superintendents regret late notice on payroll changes

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Shelby County teachers want to know why they are getting shortchanged and why they are just finding out about it so late. Shelby County teachers want to know why they are getting shortchanged and why they are just finding out about it so late.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - When Memphis City and Shelby County Schools merge, the district had to choose one payroll plan.

Shelby County teachers want to know why they are getting shortchanged and why they are just finding out about it so late.

"We are going to not get what would be our first paycheck of the fiscal year," said Katie with Shelby County Schools.

This Arlington Elementary School teacher said a new payroll plan is putting a serious strain on her budget.

Just days before the start of the new school year, teachers in Shelby County learned they are being switched to the city schools payroll calendar. It means at least 3,000 county teachers will miss two weeks pay at the beginning of the year.

"Do they not have any consideration for our value as an educator anymore?" said Katie.

Both the Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Deputy Superintendent David Stephens regret the short notice.

"We just found out about it so that's why the timing is like it is," said Hopson.

In the past, county teachers were paid a week ahead of the days they actually worked. City teachers are paid in real time.

"It's just not smart business practice to pay people before you earn, you know, the time," said Hopson.

Teachers were given until June 26 to choose from two options. They have to either do without two weeks pay at the beginning of the year, or request their July paychecks to be spread out over three pay periods.

But Hopson said the administration is still working on additional options to minimize the impact on teachers.

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