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LANCASTER -  For the second month in a row, more than 800 faculty for the Lancaster Independent School District experienced another payroll mishap.

            According to district officials, an electronic transfer between the district and its bank didn’t post correctly, meaning the funds were not available for payday.

            Last month’s glitch was due to staffing changes in the payroll department.

            Anita McPartland, spokeswoman for the district, said the district just “missed a step” last time.

            When questioned if the district was running out of money,  McPartland replied, “ absoultley not, the funds are there and all checks were paid.”

            The checks were printed and hand delivered to the employees.

            James Damm, the conservator appointed last year by the Texas Education Foundation to monitor the district’s finances, reportedly wasn’t aware of the second glitch according to other media reports but McPartland assured he has been notified.

            Lancaster ISD has been facing difficulty with financial issues for years with the TEA audit revealing inflated attendance figures, questionable purchases by school officials using the districts credit card with $6 million in improperly recorded debt.

            Dr.  Dana Marable, interim superintendent, is meeting with the district's bank representatives this week to ensure the problems are fixed prior to the next payroll.

            The school board is still currently working on finding a permanent replacement after the lone finalist, Pamela Morris of Sealy ISD, went through contract negotiations.

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