Bangor Area School Board members received some good financial news Monday night.

Business Manager Mark Schiavone told the board at a brief workshop meeting the district is sitting on a surplus of about $500,000. The surplus represents savings primarily in health care expenses and through a bond refinancing.

Schiavone suggested that the board place $400,000 into the district's capital reserve to help fund the purchase of textbooks and related expenses.

In another big-ticket matter, Schiavone told the board it will cost about $117,000 to buy new uniforms for the Bangor Area High School marching band. The band's 40-year-old uniforms, modeled after Her Majesty's Royal Welsh Guard, are beyond repair.

The Slater Band Boosters have already raised $61,000 through fundraising efforts to help pay for the new uniforms, board member Laraine Brands told the board.

In other business, the board discussed refurbishing an air conditioning unit at the high school for about $90,000; it also discussed leasing a $33,000 tractor and entering into an agreement with Recovery Revolution, Inc. for addiction counseling services.