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.
The Repository of Canton, Ohio