A critical event associated with the start of the school year that generally receives little attention, unless problems occur, is the first payday for all teachers and other 10-month personnel.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) aced that first test with a 99.61-percent accuracy rate when a majority of its more than 19,000 employees received their first paychecks of the new school year on Friday, August 25. According to Chief Executive Officer John E. Deasy, the credit for this superior level of service and achievement is due to the dedication and excellent work of the payroll team, time keepers and time approvers.

“The entire payroll team–led by the Payroll Services staff and members of Human Resources and Information Technology–deserve a lot of credit for their professionalism, efficiency and accuracy,” Dr. Deasy said. “Teachers, bus drivers, janitorial and cafeteria works, and all other employees deserve the raises that were fully funded by the county government, and we are pleased to provide those increases on time.”

To recognize the critical work and value of Payroll Services nationwide, the American Payroll Association has designated September 4-8 as National Payroll Week. National Payroll Week celebrates the hard work by America’s 156 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. Together, through the payroll withholding system, they contribute, collect, report and deposit approximately $1.4 trillion, or 71%, of the annual revenue of the U.S. Treasury.

“The PGCPS Payroll Team provides a critical service on behalf of children through their commitment to excellence as they work to ensure an accurate and successful payroll for teachers and other school system employees every two weeks,” Dr. Deasy said. “They, like many other employees supporting the work in the classroom, are often unsung heroes. They are to be commended for the success of the August 25, 2006 payday and deserve recognition for their work throughout the year.”

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