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The school board heard first hand from one frustrated teacher about her inability to get issues resolved. The school board heard first hand from one frustrated teacher about her inability to get issues resolved.
Smith told the board she has emailed, called, and even dropped by the district's payroll office in person to try and discuss the differing amounts of her paychecks. Smith told the board she has emailed, called, and even dropped by the district's payroll office in person to try and discuss the differing amounts of her paychecks.
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(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School District admits that payroll problems persist in the unified district.

The school board heard first hand from one frustrated teacher about her inability to get issues resolved. It is pretty rare for teachers themselves to talk about their issues in public as that is usually left to the union.

"I'm one frustrated teacher," said Northhaven Elementary teacher Vicki Smith. "I've had a problem with my payroll since August 2 of this year."

Smith told the board she has emailed, called, and even dropped by the district's payroll office in person to try and discuss the differing amounts of her paychecks.

"But when you feel like your voice is not being heard and it has not been heard, period—that gets to be very frustrating," said Smith.

Smith's complaints come months after the school year began with a host of teacher-related issues, including pay which led to a closed-door meeting with Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

"We've worked through and continue to work through a number of operational issues and challenges," said Hopson.

The district could not comment specifically on Smith's claims.

But they said in a statement, "There have been some isolated, individual HR and Payroll issues that we are working through with employees. We will continue to work diligently to address all concerns as quickly and responsibly as we can."

However isolated, Smith said problems will not keep her from doing her job.

"I do not mind working hard because the children are first," said Smith.

Superintendent Hopson told the staff to rest up over the holidays because the new year will bring "laser-light focus" on any ongoing issues.

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