The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) will begin paying employees again a month later, during which time new recruits have not been paid.
According to the school district, more than 100 employees out of more than 350 new recruits have gone unpaid because the school works less during the epidemic due to the rapid recruitment of new staff.
After the checks didn’t arrive on time, educators ’calls came to the Santa Ana Educators Association office in late August and the issue was raised further at the SAUSD board meeting on Sept. 14 when Shayna Lathus, a teacher district, told trustees they needed to do something to resolve the issue.
“This afternoon I was shocked to learn that our newly certified staff in our district have not yet been paid,” Lathus said. “How on earth is it somehow acceptable?
“I am outraged that we have teachers and mentors who are doing everything they can to serve our SAUSD community and it is scary that they have not been paid … I am incredibly sad to know that this is something that our district has acknowledged, These are people who have been out of work for months. They are people who have lost other jobs in good faith to come to work for our district. They are working for our students, and we are leaving them in a high and dry state and I think it is unacceptable. ”
Lathas suggested that the board use some of the money raised from the American Rescue Plan Act to help recruit more human resources.
A week after that meeting, the district said in a statement that some members of the faculty have now been paid and they are working to pay the rest, although they did not specify the number.
The problem will no longer be there, the district said, adding that employees will receive their salaries through their regular pay cycle.
“As part of the effort to reopen schools for private education after 1 month, and to ensure a healthy and safe place for learning, the Santa Ana Unified School District is working to help students recruit hundreds of new staff. A variety of roles, ”SAUSD told The Epoch Times in an email statement.
Since the start of the summer, SAUSD has been proud to employ more than 350 teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and other staff. We have a District and Board of Education’s priority to reintroduce individualized instruction in all schools this year to reduce the student-to-student ratio to better support children’s academic and socio-psychological needs, as we continue to move through this epidemic.
“With so many new staff members on board in a relatively short period of time, there has been a delay in processing new hire documentation for some staff members. As a result of this situation, the initial salary-allowance of some employees was delayed. The district assures that these employees have now been compensated, or are currently in the process of being compensated for working all day.
The school district did not say how long it would take to fully fund all staff.
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