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.
Kolmetz inquired about the required 10 minutes of recess for elementary school students and Owens pointed out that the verbiage states that “most” children will have an allotted time for recess every day.
Owens also requested that the Board consider her request again for School Board Workshops at least once a month.
“For a new school board member such as myself I feel that these could be very beneficial,” said Owens.
Kolmetz made a motion once again to have audio recordings of the school board meetings be available online, which died due to lack of motion.
She made a motion once again to have the recommended personnel provided by the superintendent also provide their degree and experience, which also died due to lack of motion.
Kolmetz had made these two requests before at the previous meeting held on Oct. 15, which both died due to lack of seconds.
Kolmetz reminded everyone that Bonifay Elementary School would be holding their Veterans’ Day Celebration at 9 a.m. on Friday and Holmes County High School would be holding a presentation at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Board approved of overnight/out of state trips for Poplar Springs’ Future Farmers of America to attend the State Forestry Competition on Nov. 14 and 15 in Pace, Bonifay Middle School’s Jr. Beta Club to attend State Convention on Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in Orlando, Poplar Springs’s Sr. Beta Club to attend State Convention on Jan. 17, 18 and 19 in Orlando and Poplar Springs’ Future Farmers of America to attend Leadership Teamwork on Nov. 16 in Dothan, Ala.
The next scheduled meeting of the Holmes County District School Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.
“We’ve changed it to a morning meeting for the reorganization of the board,” said Chair Rusty Williams.