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More than 100 instructors at Front Range Community College have had to wait for their summer paychecks, according to The Colorado Sun.

It’s the latest in a string of payroll lags from the college, which has campuses in Longmont, Westminster and Fort Collins. As a result of the latest delay, some staff members have been forced to pick up extra jobs and pay bills late.

“It really makes me honestly wonder if I want to keep working for Front Range,” Laura Wally, a chemistry instructor who has taught at the college since 2015, told the Sun. “I love my students and chemistry is a hard subject and I want to be able to help them with that, but how long do you struggle as a professional teacher with a graduate degree?”

College administrators blame the pay delay on a combination of staff turnover and human error. 

The process for paying instructors typically begins several weeks before the start of each semester, Rebecca Woulfe, provost and vice president of academic affairs, told the Sun. But the electronic system used for faculty and instructor contracts incorrectly defaulted payment dates to June 28 instead of June 14. 

The only way to fix the error was to manually change it for each employee, Woulfe said. But with staff turnover at about 15 percent, and many new employees tasked with making the corrections, not all the payments were properly updated.

Previously, the college failed to pay two instructors on time in spring 2024 and 12 in fall 2023.

To help restore employee confidence, Front Range provided $500 stipends to all instructors affected by this summer’s delay. 

“We recognize that we couldn’t run this institution without them,” Woulfe said. “They are critical to the success of this institution, to our student success, to the work that we do.”

(This story has been updated to correct the original default payment date, which was June 14).

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