Update: This afternoon, parents in the district received this letter regarding payroll issue:
Dear Staff and Families,
I want to inform the Montclair community of an issue that occurred today that affected all Montclair Public School District staff members. I hope to reassure this community and gain your trust. Through an unfortunate error in the Business Office, all Montclair staff members did not receive their pay this morning. As of mid-afternoon, all direct deposits were restored. This event furthered a growing level of distrust due to a previous error in salaries for certain staff earlier this year.
District-wide culture and climate should be a priority for any school district leader as it is paramount for me. Understandably, mistakes like these have a negative impact on the way we feel about where we work. It is important for our staff members to be able to rely on their employer.
I want to acknowledge that this error occurred and apologize for this situation as well as commend the Montclair staff members for their resilience. It is unacceptable that oversights have led to these mistakes and all involved will be held accountable. It is through accountability and my increased involvement that I will diligently put systems in place to prevent errors.
I apologize for any frustration and stress this placed on our staff and their families.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Nathan N. Parker
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Instead of finding their paychecks direct deposited into their bank accounts, Montclair Schools staff woke up to an upsetting email early this morning from Business Manager Emidio D’Andrea. It read:
My sincere apologies. Direct deposit has not transmitted at this time. I am heading to my office immediately to reach out to the bank. I will keep all staff informed on the status.
Employees are paid on the 1st and 15th of the month. Today’s mix-up comes as Montclair Schools is still working on rectifying its salary mess.
Members of Montclair Education Association have planned a Protest For Pay today, Tuesday, October 15, from
2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Montclair Board of Education, 22 Valley Road, Montclair.
MEA is protesting that their 1000 plus members’ contract has not been honored by the Montclair Public Schools District; and MEA members being paid 2017-18 salaries and charged 2019-20 rate for health benefits, resulting in a net loss in take home pay.