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Philadelphia School District Cites Computer Glitch For Employee Hires Without Public Disclosure

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets. File photo by Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School Reform Commission is pledging to approve key school district hires in public, after failing to do so for years.

The School District admits that for five years, the names and salaries of key hires — including top deputies making six figures — have been left off of the public resolutions presented to the SRC. District human resources chief Naomi Wyatt says because of a coding error thousands of employees never appeared on the computer-generated resolutions.

“We don’t know that exact number yet, but it’s going to be many thousands of employees,” she says. “Probably somewhere north of five, six, 7,000 employees that were not previously captured in those reports between 2008 and 2013.”

The SRC plans a public vote on those hires next month. In the meantime, Wyatt says the coding glitches have been corrected, and that humans will review the monthly hiring reports before they go on the SRC agenda.

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