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Pay error won't deter some new teachers

August 17, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

As of Tuesday, 45 of the 71 newly hired Washington County Public Schools teachers whose pay was computed in error have committed to stay with the system, Human Resources Director Ed Lynch said.

Lynch said those 45 teachers have signed papers acknowledging that they understand the problem and will stick with their new jobs.

Signing the sheet is not a requirement. Those who did not sign may continue to teach in the system this year, said Carol Mowen, a public information officer for the school system.

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One of the 71 teachers has decided not to take a job with the school system, but the pay mistake was not the reason, Lynch said.

An administrative error will cause each of the new teachers to receive $600 to $6,000 more in pay this year. The mistaken extra pay will be eliminated next year.

Lynch said all of the new teachers were told of the problem. Another meeting to go over the error with the teachers will be Thursday at South Hagerstown High School at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday is the first day of school for teachers in Washington County. Students start school Aug. 24.

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