Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Head Start Staff to Get Summer Pay Feds Reassure Fired Employees
Jacksonville area Head Start employees who were fired this week
are entitled to full summer pay, and federal officials will be
working with the agency that runs the program to make sure they
get it, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman
Michael Kharfen's words came in response to news that the Head
Start program's 300 employees' termination notices said they
would not get paid after June 28.
"Our regional office will work the agency during the close-down
period to make sure the staff gets the money they're entitled
to," Kharfen said yesterday.
The termination notices came from John Edwards, executive
director of the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, which
until last month had the federal contract to run Head Start
pre-school classes for children in 10 counties.
Edwards could not be reached for comment yesterday.
In late May, agency officials agreed to give up the Head Start
program at the request of federal officials, who had accused the
agency of mismanagement and questionable expenditures. Federal
officials are advertising for applications from other agencies
and plan to have someone else in place when the Head Start
school year begins in September. …