The Central Dauphin School District is responding to criticism from the school board about pay for summer employees.
Employees who worked during the summer worked fewer than 40 hours but got paid for 40.
On Wednesday, the district said most of the summer staff were salaried employees and work hundreds of extra hours during the school year.
They also said the shorter hours saved the district money because the buildings were closed more and it reduced energy costs.
District spokesperson Shannon Leib read a statement that said,” This compressed work week program is no different than similar compressed work week programs followed by the majority of neighboring districts. In addition, the Board of School Directors has been repeatedly briefed about the compressed work week program and the reasons underlying the program.”
The school board said it just learned about the policy. One member called for an independent investigation.