LAUSD to hire city’s payroll gurus to fix errors in checks

first_imgChick hailed the collaboration as a new era in the relationship between the city and LAUSD and said Hess & Associates delivered an almost error-free payroll for the city. “The goal is a zero-percent error rate,” she said. “My goal is, in any way the city can help the school district do what they want to do, … we’re there.” The deal was struck after the board last week approved hiring an expert software consultant for $9.8 million to help more quickly reduce payroll errors caused by software glitches. Brewer said the district could have the problems under control by the end of the year. The electronic payroll is part of a $95 million payroll and accounting system purchased by the district in 2005. But school officials are prepared to pour at least another $37 million into the project to fix thousands of problems that have surfaced. The most daunting task remains producing W-2 tax forms for employees early next year. The district is weighing whether to sue Deloitte & Touche over its implementation of the system. [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hess & Associates was recommended by City Controller Laura Chick. LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III said a key strategy is simplifying the process, which pays certified employees once a month. Brewer said officials will begin talking next week with the teachers union about whether to change how employees are paid. Brewer called the payroll problems a “crisis.” “This is a godsend,” Brewer said of Chick’s support. “They’ll help us find those errors and help with fixing them.” Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced Wednesday they have hired the company that successfully implemented the city’s payroll system to help the district fix accuracy problems in its own payroll network. Hess & Associates Inc. will be paid $100,000 to improve the accuracy of LAUSD’s new payroll process, which has overpaid and underpaid thousands of employees for more than eight months. “When it comes to paying our teachers accurately and on time, the district cannot be too proud. If we cannot fix the problem here, then we must look elsewhere for help,” said school board member Tamar Galatzan, who sought the city’s help with the payroll problem. “Our primary goal is to have the payroll system operating so smoothly that everyone is paid the correct amount. But until that great day is here, we must have the capacity to verify quickly whether an employee is getting paid correctly.” last_img read more