Los Angeles school officials say the district's 10-month-old computerized payroll system is already more than $35 million over budget and will likely cost millions more before the flaws that accompanied its rollout are fixed.
The Los Angeles Unified School District planned to spend $95 million on the system, which has underpaid or overpaid thousands of teachers. Hiring outside staff to fix the system has pushed its total cost past $132 million.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Sunday that district officials have secured about $14 million of the $53 million that teachers were overpaid.
The district's chief information officer Tony Totorice says the district is forfeiting about $6 million in overpayments from employees owing less than $250 each because it would cost more to recoup that money
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