Wage and Salary Determination

Salaries are defined by the collective bargaining agreements for certificated and non-certificated employees. In all other circumstances wages are determined for non-union employees administratively and are applied consistently. Salary information is considered one’s personal business and discretion should be exercised in discussing such matters. Employees who have questions may consult the Human Resources Office.

Report of Employee Absence Forms

Whenever an employee is absent from work a Report of Employee Absence form noting the reason for the absence must be completed within two days upon return. The form must be approved by the immediate supervisor and sent to the Human Resources Office. The Human Resources Office will record the absence and report it to the Payroll Department for necessary action. All employees are reminded that vacation and personal days must be approved in advance by the building administrator or supervisor and duly recorded.

Payroll Schedule

Employees will be paid bi-weekly in accordance with the school year or fiscal schedule provided by the Business Office. If a pay date falls on a District holiday, paychecks will be distributed the day before the holiday. Checks will be dated with Friday’s date for cashing and banking purposes.

Direct Bank Deposit

Employees are required to have their net pay deposited directly into their checking or savings account each pay period.

An employee who changes banks or accounts or whose bank initiates a change during employment with the District should complete a new form and send it to the Payroll Department immediately. Failure to do so will result in a delayed payment of direct deposit funds.

Payroll Tax Deductions

Payroll deductions such as federal and state taxes and social security are made in accordance with federal and state laws. In addition, the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Business Office is authorized to process the following payroll deductions:

Local Services Tax:
District employees who work in Kennett Borough and New Garden Township must pay the local services tax. An exception will be granted upon presentation of a receipt paid for local services tax to another township.

Earned Income Tax:
A one-percent (1%) earned income tax is withheld from every employee’s paycheck and reported to Berkheimer Associates. A certificate of current residence is required at all times. Employees living within a municipality with a higher percentage should contact the payroll department to adjust accordingly.

Voluntary Deductions

Upon authorization from the employee, the Business Office will also process deductions for United Way, tax-sheltered annuities, union dues, and medical, dental, and life insurance benefits where applicable. Requests received less than ten (10) days before the payroll date will not be processed until the following pay.

Retirement Plan

All full-time employees must become members of PSERS (Public School Employees’ Retirement System) and must make retirement contributions starting on their first day of employment.  Full-time,” for retirement purposes with PSERS is defined as employees who work 5 or more hours a day/5 days a week or its equivalent (25 or more hours a week).  Part-time salaried employees qualify for PSERS membership as of their first day of employment and must have retirement contributions withheld. 

Part-time hourly and part-time per diem employees may waive membership in PSERS.  To qualify for the waiver, a part-time employee must have an Individual Retirement Account and request a waiver within 90 days of notification from PSERS that they qualify for PSERS membership.  When you waive membership in PSERS, you forfeit all future rights to benefits for the time period waived.

Please refer to the PSERS website for PSERS Active Member Handbook and other detailed information at www.psers.pa.gov.  All new members will receive a Welcome Packet and Class Election Packet (if applicable).