St. Croix teachers have not yet been paid for work done over the summer, the Education Department acknowledged in a statement Friday. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory said most will be paid by the next pay period.
"I think it’s critical, based on information that I received today, that our St. Croix teachers have not been paid for work they have done over the summer, that I publicly express my sincere disappointment over this situation," Frett-Gregory said in a statement.
"While St. Croix Superintendent Gary Molloy is on leave, I have instructed deputy St. Croix superintendents Maria Encarnacion and Janine Schuster to ensure that those individuals with already approved per diems and time sheets be paid by the next pay period," she said.
Frett-Gregory said she has directed a letter be sent to all employees that have not been paid advising them of the situation and when a payment will be made.
"Again, this is very, very disappointing. I expect our district leadership to ensure that when people work, they are in fact paid. I deeply regret this situation and have directed the district to rectify this mistake immediately," Frett-Gregory said.