Teachers rally against pay issues in Gaston County

Many teachers and other school staff have been paid incorrectly or not paid at all due to a new state-mandated payroll system. Gaston County is one of the pilot districts for the new system, which is a step to modernizing the outdated system used in North Carolina schools.

In addition to pay issues, the group says cafeteria workers have not been paid the $20 an hour they were promised for summer school services. Pam Miller, president of the Gaston chapter of the North Carolina Educators’ Association, said people signed up to speak during public comments at Monday’s board meeting.

Superintendent Jeffrey Booker apologized to employees whose pay was incorrect, telling them in September that the district was continuing work on “outstanding issues.” That response did not satisfy city hall educators, who pointed to flaws in the payroll system that began in the second half of the 2021-22 school year.

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