by Krystal Paco
Guam - About 425 Department of Education employees are seeing a delay in the direct deposit of their paychecks. According to a media release from DOE, payroll was submitted Wednesday morning, but evidently the 4th of July federal holiday inadvertently impacted certain participating banks that rely on a third party to facilitate their deposits and credit employee accounts on time. Primarily affected are employees with accounts at Coast 360 and the Bank of Hawaii. DOE is working with those institutions to ensure that employees get paid no later than Saturday morning. Superintendent Jon Fernandez says he is extremely disappointed that some of his employees are forced to wait an extra amount of time to be paid when they are trying to pay their bills, buy groceries and support their families. He added that he does not take this lightly and will work hard to ensure this does not happen again.