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Bonuses approved for school employees

Bonuses approved for school employees

All full and part-time staff of Franklin County Public School will be receiving a bonus this year. The Franklin County Board of Supervisors approved the bonuses as well as security upgrades to two elementary schools on Tuesday.

Full-time employees will be receiving a $1,000 bonus and part-time staff will be given a $500 bonus this year. The $1.4 million cost for the bonuses was approved from more than $2.4 million in carryover funds the from the school system’s previous budget.

Another $600,000 of the $2.4 million was approved for use in upgrading security at Snow Creek and Burnt Chimney elementary schools. According to Superintendent Bernice Cobbs the upgrades will allow more control of who enters the schools and where they can go.

The Franklin County School Board approved the two projects as well as the bonuses earlier this month. Supervisors gave final approval on the budget requests on Tuesday.

With the approval by supervisors, construction on the security upgrades is expected to begin in May.

Cobbs said the amount of carryover funds is the largest the school system has seen in several years. She said the savings were mostly due to many classes being virtual last year that saved on cleaning and maintenance costs at the school. She also attributed it to a number of positions currently being unfilled at the schools.

In all, only $2.1 million of the $2.4 million in carryover funds was approved for use in bonuses and security upgrades. Cobbs said the school system plans to return later this year for more funding requests. She said the school system is in need of additional buses as well as additional funding for a HVAC system at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

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