Philly school district chipping away at time-off payout for former employees

Mike DeNardo
November 02, 2018 - 9:45 am
The School District of Philadelphia

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia says it's making progress toward relieving a backlog of termination pay, owed to former employees. 

School district employees when they leave the district get paid for unused personal, vacation and sick days. But because of antiquated computer systems and central office staff cuts, employees were waiting for as long as two years to receive that termination pay. 

Now, the district says it has been chipping away at that backlog, as Chief Financial Officer Uri Monson told the school board's finance committee Thursday.

"As of June 30, we have reduced the time to receive termination payments on average from 17 months to 12 months."

Union contracts call for that term pay to be made 75 to 90 days after an employee's last day.

New software last month and additional staff are helping the district to process about 4,000 outstanding cases. 

Monson told the School Board's Finance and Facilities Committee on Thursday that the district is now processing 65 to 70 cases a day, and it's expected to clear one-third of those outstanding cases by the end of November. The goal is to reduce the backlog and have all termination pay made on time, by next April.