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With raises likely gone, school employees could get bonuses
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Raises for school system employees may not be in the cards for the coming year, but there’s still a good chance they may get something extra in their checks.“We still have the option of offering a bonus for our employees,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox during Thursday night’s School Board meeting. “We are still looking at a one-time bonus that would fall in the $700 to $800 range.”A reluctance by the Warren County Commission to raise property taxes to fund the $1 million in pay raises for the school system’s nearly 1,000 employees left the School Board reshuffling its deck. The measure to keep property taxes at their present level passed the County Commission by a narrow 13-11 vote Monday night.As a result of the refusal to increase taxes to fund the raises, representatives of the County Commission and School Board met and may have been able to hammer out a compromise.“There may be some capital outlay opportunities that would offset things so we could move money over to bonuses this year,” Cox said.Cox explained county government may be able to fund certain improvement projects for local schools instead of giving money for raises.