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A malfunction in the new payroll software used by Calvert County Public Schools caused some non-union members to be charged union dues, taking an additional $36.61 out of their paychecks.

CCPS Chief Budget and Business Officer Tammy McCourt explained that on teacher paychecks on Friday, Sept. 28, non-union members who were hired prior to 2004 were, in error, charged union fees.

McCourt said the charges have since been refunded.

The error was made by the new Lawson software system, which McCourt said went live for all CCPS employees in August.

“There have been some bumps and bruises, some minor hiccups, but nothing large or troubling whatsoever,” said McCourt, who said all employees received specific typed-out directions of how to read their new pay-stubs.

Calvert Education Association President Debbie Russ, who heads the union representing CCPS teachers, said while the directions were “somewhat helpful,” there still seemed to be confusion among members of her bargaining unit.

She said her union leadership and their financial consultant were trying to schedule a face-to-face meeting with school administrators to discuss the software.

“When our members come with questions, of course we’re concerned. ... I don’t think it’s the end of the world, but I think it needs to be rectified,” Russ said.

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