County schools could begin requiring employees to use direct deposit
by Cris Ritchie Editor
Employees in the Perry County School District could be required to receive their pay through direct deposit in the near future, according to a discussion during the regular meeting of the school board last week.
The Perry School District is one of the few districts left that allow employees to chose between being paid through the receipt of a paper check or through direct deposit, rather than exclusively through direct deposit, which, as its name implies, directly deposits an employees pay to their bank account in lieu of issuing paper checks.
The district began allowing employees to choose direct deposit about nine years ago, noted Finance Officer Jody Maggard, and in that time officials have seen a major increase in the number of employees who want to take part in the process. So far it hasnt been mandated, but Maggard said he could recommend the district require direct deposit in the future.
I do feel like that its probably getting time for the board to consider just going to direct deposit, he said, adding that several school districts already mandate direct deposit, as do government programs such as Social Security.
Maggard said he doesnt expect mandating direct deposit to save the district a lot of money, but it will save time for district employees who spend hours working each week making sure employees get their checks.
We waste ... a lot of manpower here at central office, and at our schools, trying to distribute paper checks, Maggard said.
Requiring direct deposit would eliminate much of the running district employees must do each pay period to locate employees such as substitute teachers, for instance to make sure their checks are delivered.
Maggard also noted that central office spends several hours each pay period balancing the districts bank account with each paper check issued. Direct deposit eliminates that, he added, and it will also ensure that employees receive their payment on Fridays when school may be out due to bad weather.
Superintendent John Paul Amis, who admitted last week that he is one of the last holdouts in the district in terms of direct deposit as he receives a paper check as well, did add that he would like to communicate with the districts employees of any potential that a move to mandate direct deposit could be forthcoming before the board takes a vote on it.
We just wanted to mention it to you, he told the boards members. I dont want you to vote on it tonight, because I want to communicate to all of our employees that were considering doing this. I really think it is best for the system and save us a ton of manpower.
Amis said if the district moves to direct deposit exclusively, employees would be given stubs detailing their pay for the period as well.
No time frame was discussed as to when the board could vote on the issue.
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