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Brewton schools against mandatory calendar law

By By ANNA M. LEE Managing Editor
The Brewton City School Board voted on Monday to adopt a resolution opposing mandatory calendar legislation.
According to superintendent Lynn Smith, legislation to set a mandatory start date for school systems in Alabama is supported by the tourism industry. The legislation failed last year, but may be introduced again in the near future. The School Board Association is encouraging school systems to voice their opposition to the legislation.
The Brewton City Schools calendar committee will begin meeting in December to develop a calendar for the 2005-2006 school year. Smith expects the committee to present its proposed calendar to the school board in February.
The board also voted on Monday to amend its section 125 to offer school employees the option of using flexible spending accounts. The flex spending program will be administered by AFLAC, and it allows employees to designate a dollar amount to be deducted from their pay before it is taxed. That money can then be used to cover the cost of medical expenses and dependent care that are not covered by employee insurance. Potential uses for the money include co-payments, eye care and dental care.
The advantage of the program is that the flex spending money is set aside before it is taxed, but a disadvantage is that it is not reimbursed if it's not used.
In other business, the board took the following action on Monday night:
The Brewton City School Board will meet next on Jan. 10.