With a “reserve” fund of $2.8 million, and revenues exceeding expenditures in nearly every category, the Bacon County BOE was able to give their employees raises this year.

At last week’s regular meeting, the board unanimously approved a two percent salary increase for all employees, except para professionals, nurses, and clerical staff who got a four percent increase.

The raises were part of a relatively rosy financial picture painted by the school system’s financial director, Andy Houston.

“I’m happy with the financial report,” he told the board. “Revenues are ahead of budget, which is always a positive. Expenditures are okay,too. Which is a good thing also.”

Houston also reported $489,000 in SPLOST funds are available for approved projects, and “good gates” at recent baseball playoff games being added to the system’s athletic account.

In other finance-related business, the board agreed to hold two public hearings on their upcoming 2017-18 budget. The first will be at noon, on Wednesday, May 24, and the second at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Both will be held at the BOE offices on U.S. 1.

Also during their meeting: unanimously approved the renewal of the system’s annual contract with RESA (Regional Education Service Agency) for $28,000 — the same amount it has been since 1992; approved an agreement with Coastal Pines Technical College to operate a CNA program for Bacon County students; entered into a contract with the county health department to provide shots for system employees at a special rate; re-upped with Source4Teachers to provide substitute personnel; and approved the BCPS and ES student handbooks.