DeKalb schools released a statement this weekend about its call for all employees to show identification in person and sign a form to confirm:
The DeKalb County School District has completed an extensive Employee Verification process to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all School District personnel and payroll records.
Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson ordered the Employee Verification process in February in conjunction with an independent audit of Central Office and school-based personnel.
Through the process, approximately 15,000 employees at the Central Office, in all auxiliary departments and at the school level were directed to verify their employment with the School District. The School District halted payments to non-verified employees beginning with the April 13 pay period.
The Employee Verification process to date has identified 148 non-verified employees, most of them substitute teachers or part-time coaches.
The process also discovered seven discrepancies in payroll, including two employees who were no longer with the School District and five on leave that were not properly recorded.
These employees were overpaid by approximately $47,500 dollars. School District Legal Affairs has begun an investigation into each of these cases and will seek to recover any unearned funds.
Dr. Atkinson commissioned an audit of all Central Office and school-based personnel in November as part of a District-wide reorganization to right-size the Central Office, bring alignment to positions across departments and drive more resources to schools and classrooms. The audit was the first outside review of School District personnel and salaries in more than eight years.
“Audits and oversight like the Employee Verification process should be standard operating procedure for our School District,” Dr. Atkinson said. “Moving forward, Employee Verification will be an annual process to let the public know that our payroll and personnel records are accurate and up to date.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog