HR Strange But True!
May 13, 2003

An elementary school teacher in Canton, Ohio, received $35,452 in pay from October 2001 through August 2002.

What's wrong with that, you ask? State auditors found that it was $10,327 more than she was supposed to receive. Now she has to pay it back.

Judy Robinson, director of human resources for the Canton City School District, blamed the glitch on the teacher going from a substitute-teaching position to a salaried one. Robinson said it would have been easy for her not to notice the increase in pay because she hadn't been receiving a regular salary. She also noted that the teacher had begun teaching full time in October, after the teachers' salaries were input into payroll's software system. The salary had to be calculated manually.

Eric Hardgrove, a spokesman for the state auditor's office, acknowledged that the manual adjustment left room for human error. "There was nothing that showed any intent on any individual's part to purposely cause this error," he said.

Source: The Repository of Canton, Ohio

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