Teachers in Chatham County have been back to work for almost a month now and they are voicing concerns that they haven't seen this year's pay raise yet.
What's different this year is students and teachers started the school year almost 15 days earlier than last year. So many teachers expected the new contract to kick in early as well, but that's not the case.
Teachers said the school district should have given them a heads up.
The new pay cycle for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System employees will begin Sept. 1. Most employees will get their first paycheck of the 2014 contract on Sept. 15. That's when they will see a 1 percent increase in pay.
Right now employees are still getting their "summer reserve" pay from last year's contract, which is in place, so that they receive paychecks year round.
The president of the Savannah Federation of Teachers said that there should have been more clarification for teachers about when they would start to receive this year's money.
"There needs to be some type of communication. I understand that payroll is designing some type of format for the employees to be able to see on the website but actuality that should have been something that should have been done before hand. Preparation is very important," said Theresa Watson, president of the Savannah Federation of Teachers.
The reserve pay will continue through the end of this week.
The district says employees will still be paid for the full 190 days of their contract. The pay will even out at the end because school will end earlier.
"No matter what the start of the school year is that impact is not there because teachers will be paid the 190 days that they are contracted for. It's just what you're seeing now is that teachers that are currently working veteran teachers they're getting paid on their reserve pay from last school year," said SCCPSS spokesman Kurt Hetager. "We do understand that Aug. 5 through Aug. 30 is a long time, but by state law, we're following those guidelines to ensure that they are paid within that first month."