MADISONVILLE-Direct payroll deposit is
coming for all employees of the Monroe County School System.
At Thursday's meeting of the Monroe
County Board of Education, 3rd District's Steve Rogers voiced his
strong opinion against making it mandatory that employees be paid by
"We had the employees in the county
vote and they voted it down," Rogers said, referring to a previous
Sarah Amos, with the Monroe County
Education Association, said the issue was voted on by school system
employees several years ago.
"They were given the choice," she
recalled. "Some of the people who decided to keep a check are single
mothers who cash their check and keep some of it out. For some, it
just helps them manage their finances the way they see fit."
Rogers said many people didn't realize
it was just a poll.
"The majority was against it," he
said. "If we override what they want, we're going to be doing
Chairman Bob Lovingood, however, said
the board had the authority to make direct payroll deposit mandatory.
"It makes it very convenient," said
Finance Director Libby Hicks agreed,
noting that checks have been lost in the mail and that when the
weather is bad, people still expect to get their checks. Employees
would still receive a pay stub telling them what has been deposited.
"I'm not questioning what's the
easiest," said Rogers. "I'm questioning what the right thing to
do is. They gave their opinion. We don't need to sit here as a board
and tell them what we think is best."
Despite Rogers' efforts, the motion
passed on a majority vote with only Rogers voting against it.