School board approves Cafeteria Plan

Holmes County District School Board 11-5-2013

Holmes County District School Board members review Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement before approving during their Nov. 5 meeting.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM.

BONIFAY — After a brief review from Finance Officer Larry Hawkins the Holmes County District School Board approved of Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement, also known as the Cafeteria Plan, during their Nov. 5 meeting.

Hawkins explained that the Cafeteria Plan is a tax benefit to offset medical expenses by setting up a plan where teachers can take an allotted amount out of each paycheck to put towards medical expenses.

“For example if they invested $2,000 they are now allowed to carry forward $500 to the next year, which before it was more of a ‘use it or loose it’ kind of plan,” said Hawkins.

Board approved of the state’s mandated Wellness Policy.

“Every five years we have to promote healthy eating in our lunchrooms and healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise, which is required by,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon.

School Board member Debbie Kolmetz said she wanted to reemphasize the importance of not selling soda and candy past it’s allotted time, which is not past an hour after lunchtime.

“Our WINGS program really provides physical activities for children after school,” said School Board member Sherley Owens.

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