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Section I ECHO/Page 5 ELY SATURDAYI FEBRUARY 23, 2019 by Tom Coombe of minutes. BWCAW permit sale soft- were being taken to ensure a It's nearly time for one of Outfitters, canoe enthusi- ware have been addressed successful second attempt. the most anticipated and sure asts and anglers are waiting and additional testing has Some area leaders say the to be scrutinized do-overs in for the launch, as coveted been completed by reserva- new system, whichputs BW- local history, wilderness permits go on tion system programmers. CAW permits on the www. Strike that. A previously the market. The Forest Service is confi- recreation.gov site, puts lo- announced do-over date has "Between now and Marchdent that the reservatiofi sys- cal residents and business been delayed another five 4 we will continue web- tern will function correctly owners at a disadvantage days. Forest Service officials site testing and conducting and that visitors will have because of the digital divide. had listed Feb. 27 as the next training with cooperators equitable access to make During the first attempt, attempt but that has now to ensure the website meets permit reservations begin- the system crashed within been pushed back to March Forest Service and public ning March 4, 2019. the firsthour, withthe Forest 4 at 9 a.m. needs," said Superior Na- At a hearing in Ely earlier Service soon announcing Barring further delays, tional Forest Supervisor this month, Forest Service that the entire system was the BWCAW permit res- Connie Cummins. officials apologized for the being shut down andthat all ervation system goes live, In a news release, theJan. 30 crash-and-burn and internal and external trans- several weeks after a first Forest Service stated, "The promised that numerousactions would be voided. attempt flopped in a matter technical issues with the steps, including beta testing, by Tom Coombe Most of the remaining from Education Minnesota, February 9, 2018 Court hearings are setteachers affected by the de- the state teachers' union, say School officials discov- for this week in the lawsuit duction later signed on to the district erredby unilater- ered the error and deducted brought by 16 Ely teachers the suit, according to school ally taking money from their $155.44 from Moyer's next against the Ely School Dis- officials, paychecks, seven paychecks, from Feb. trict. They are: Meyer, Mike School officials say all 23, 2018 through May 18, According to court re-Rouse, Tiffany Davis, Megan teachers were fully compen- 2018. cords, conciliation court Wognum, Amanda Vander-sated as required in their con- Meyer saidshe did not hearings are slated for beck, Risto Kultala, Kelly tract, and the case revolves provide written authoriza- Wednesday morning and Ann Noble, John Meyer,around payroll calculation tion for the deduction, and afternoon at Virginia.Kaley Hotaling, Jason Limp, mistakes that arose after cited state law that forbids School board members Molly Olson, Cory Lassi, the school district and Ely employers from making were scheduled to meetJennifer Kerntz, Paula An- teachers settled a new two- any deduction "to recover Thursday, after the Echo's derson, Mariah Jeske and year contract, claimed indebtedness un- deadline, with attorney Kelly Tara Johnson. The deal eliminated the less the employee, after the Klunto go over thelatest in- A 17th teacher, Kelly first two steps in the teach- claimed indebtedness has formation relatedtothe case, Chick, dropped her case ers' salary scale to allow arisen, voluntarily authoriz- which stems from payroll de- against the district and some the district to offer a higher es the employer in writing to ductions made by the district, on the list no longer teach starting salary, but district make this deduction?' Court documents show in Ely. staffmistakenly adjusted the The teachers have also the district first mistakenly No court hearings havepay for returning teachers cited state law that indicates overpaid the teachers during takenplace yet in connection not yet at the top of the scale employers who violate the the 2017-18 school year, then with the suit and superinten- - increasing their pay. provisions "shall be liable in reclaimed the money over a dent Kevin Abrahamson said It took several months for a civil action for twice the series of pay periods.Thursday he was not aware the mistake to be discovered, amount of the deduction or Those deductions were of the nature of the informa- According to an attach- credit taken." unauthorized and in viola- tion Klun would share with ment to Moyer's suit, the Teachers are seeking tion of the law, according theboard, district overpaid her by twice theamounttakenfrom to a lawsuit filed by teacher The teachers, who are $1,088.10 over 13 payperiods their pay, plus court filing Krista Meyer. represented by an attorney from Aug. 25, 2017 through fees. 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