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Teachers to be reimbursed for paycheck flub

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NASHVILLE ­— Some Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools teachers got a shocking surprise when their December paychecks were a couple hundred dollars short.

Ten-month employees who elect to distribute their pay over 12 months ordinarily have their health insurance premiums distributed over the 12 months as well. However, after the December payroll was processed, school officials discovered an additional health insurance premium deduction to prepay for the upcoming summer months, said Christine Catalano, the school district’s executive director of communication, planning and engagement.

The unanticipated health insurance deductions went as high as $240 for some employees.

“Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is working diligently to address a deduction that was present in some employees’ December paychecks,” Catalano said. “This change was not planned and occurred due to an apparent miscommunication.”

The benefits and payroll systems recognized these teachers as 10-month employees and initiated deductions for the remaining 6 months of the employees’ 10-month work period. The deductions were partial health premium payments to be held in escrow for disbursement to the state health care system in June and July, Catalano said.

School staff is working to process payments to be mailed to all affected employees, said interim Superintendent Del Burns.

“We regret this situation and are working diligently to put processes and procedures in place to ensure that internal controls are present to make certain something like this does not happen in the future,” Burns said.

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