School Board members are hoping to use a $135,000 windfall to help pay employee health insurance premiums.

The funds, above the $48 million budget for the year, come from additional state sales taxes, additional at-risk funding and forestry reserve funds earmarked for use on roads and schools in counties where National Forests are located.

Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carter said the board sent a request to supervisors seeking to use the funds toward insurance premiums for employees enrolled in family and spouse plans. The employee plus 1 plan includes 51 in the school system. Forty-four are enrolled in employee family plans.

Carter said supervisors have been receptive to the request and expect to discuss the matter at the board’s August meeting.

“For the first time in recent history, we exceeded our revenue projections,” said Carter in a report to the supervisors.

Carter’s report noted that the operational revenue exceeded the budget by $135,849.82.

The School Board is also asking to use $54,066.74 in carry-over funds not used in the 2018-19 budget. The board asked supervisors to approve that money to be used in completing capital improvement projects at several schools.

Projects targeted for the carry-over funds are sidewalk repairs at Northwood Middle and Northwood High schools; window replacements at Marion Senior High School, and roof repairs at Saltville, Atkins and Sugar Grove elementary schools.

In other meeting news, board members approved plans for a mock bus accident on July 31 in the Marion Senior High School parking lot.

Carter said an old bus ready to be scrapped would be flipped to simulate a crash.

Response from local and state emergency responders will be coordinated to handle the situation with mock victims. The “victims” will be volunteers and dummies used in CPR classes. Each will be marked with a specific injury.

The demonstration will take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

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