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Dead SCS employee paid during recent payroll issues

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Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and his staff received a standing ovation from the school board for getting the unified district up and running, despite ongoing issues – primarily with transportation and payroll. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and his staff received a standing ovation from the school board for getting the unified district up and running, despite ongoing issues – primarily with transportation and payroll.
Hopson said only about one-half percent of district employees failed to get paid on time, but data entry issues did result in a deceased employee getting a check while some employees were no longer even on the payroll. Hopson said only about one-half percent of district employees failed to get paid on time, but data entry issues did result in a deceased employee getting a check while some employees were no longer even on the payroll.

(WMC-TV) - A dead Shelby County Schools employee was paid last week while many living ones waited days for their checks. The superintendent admitted payroll is among the areas that remain a work in progress.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and his staff received a standing ovation from the school board for getting the unified district up and running, despite ongoing issues – primarily with transportation and payroll.

"It would upset me if I didn't get my check," said Hopson.

Hopson said only about one-half percent of district employees failed to get paid on time, but data entry issues did result in a deceased employee getting a check while some employees were no longer even on the payroll.

"I want to apologize to this board and every single employee who received a check not on time," he said.

Transportation issues have created bigger roadblocks for students and parents. The board was told 30 additional drivers are now on the road, GPS systems are on board buses, and a help desk was established to answer concerns.

"As we move forward, we've identified the issues and what are the solutions for those issues," said SCS operations chief Hitesh Haria.

Hopson contends that much of the criticism has been based, in his opinion, on misinformation. He says that most school-based operations are going well.

"Our principals are telling us every day that this is one of the smoother years they can recall," he said.

While making a point about perceived sensationalism, superintendent Hopson stated that a reported rape last week at East High School basically turned out to be bogus. But while a teen suspect was released on his own recognizance, the sheriff's office said the case remains under investigation.

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