Timmonsville teachers say they're not getting paid

NewsChannel 15 got several calls Friday morning from teachers and employees of Timmonsville school district, Florence School District 4 , saying they didn't get paid.

By Friday afternoon, dozens of parents had picked up their kids, saying the teachers are more focused on their paychecks than teaching.

Several teachers, who did not want to be identified, told us they had met to discuss walking out, but decided it would not be in the best interest of the students.

We talked with district superintendent Dr. Bertha McCants about why no one in the district got paid. She said the district transferred the money into their district account after the deadline for it to be credited to the account.

She blamed the error on budget cuts, saying the district no longer has someone who specifically deals with payroll. The person who did the district's payroll was recently terminated as part of their budget cuts .

They district is now looking to hire someone to handle payroll.

McCants says teachers should get paid at some point Friday but could not give us an exact time.

Earlier this month, the district cut 19 positions because they were $700,000 in the red.

In recent weeks, a some parents have called for the Timmonsville School District to merge with Florence School District One. The Timmonsville school board sent a resolution to the Florence County Legislative Delegation asking members to consider consolidating Timmonsville's district with Florence District One.

According to Jim Foster, the communications director for the SC Department of Education, earlier this week State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais met with Senator Hugh Leatherman and Senator John Land about problems with the Timmonsville school district .

He says Superintendent Zais plans to send someone from his staff to monitor the operations of the district to get a better idea of what is going on.

Foster says this person will report back to Zais and the Florence County Legislative Delegation. He was not able to give us a time frame on the plan because they're still in the process of setting it up.

We will report more details as soon as we get them.