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School employees get bonus; students get another school day
School Board meeting
Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows, right, addresses members of the Warren County Board of Education on Monday night, from left, Tommy Culwell, James Bennett, Sue Anderson and Helen Martin.

All school system employees will be getting a $750 bonus. Perhaps that will help ease the pain of adding another day with students to the school year.

The Warren County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to give all school system employees a one-time bonus of $750. The bonus would be paid to all full-time and part-time employees.

The money would come from ESSER funds. Warren County received three ESSER grants totaling $28.6 million.

Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows told School Board members he would like to get the bonuses approved with the hope of the money being distributed to employees in April or May.

The board obliged by unanimously passing the measure during its regular February monthly meeting held Monday night. The meeting was held at Irving College School.

Swallows also broke the news that the school system has exhausted its stockpiled days for bad weather and illness. That means the professional development day that had been scheduled for May 25 will have to be converted into a regular school day with students.

“I’m in the process of trying to get a waiver for the five COVID days we took in the fall,” said Swallows. “The Department of Education may say no. I don’t anticipate that being the case, but until I hear otherwise we have to plan on May 25 being a student day so I’m getting the word out about that.”

Wednesday, May 25 had been a professional development day with teachers reporting to school, but with no students.

The last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, and is an abbreviated day from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 27.

Swallows said he hopes to avoid any more snow or heavy rain in March which might require the use of another bad weather day.