BONIFAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When the bell rings next school year some Holmes County students will be making their way to class in a brand new building. Construction on the 220,000 square foot school in Bonifay is scheduled to open in August.
"We had some facilities here that were antiquated and needed to be updated and it was also going to be more cost efficient to build a new school," said Holmes County Schools Superintendent Terry Mears.
Students from Bonifay Elementary and Bonifay Middle School will funnel into the new building forming a new K-8 school. Both schools were over 40 years old.
Mears took over the new school project after coming into office in November. "I was presented with a book so I read up on all of the things that were happening and the issues that still needed to be resolved on my watch," explained Mears.
The school board hasn't come up with a name for the new school yet. Mears wants the community to get involved in the process. "This is going to be a community building," said Mears, "and also something that our community should feel extremely excited about having their kids to attend."
Superintendent Mears says students can expect a state of the art education with smart boards and projection systems in each classroom. "Take their computers and be totally technologically advanced if they so desire," said Mears, "but also we want to make sure that we actually use the ability to go back and do some of the old fashioned training and teaching that goes on in the classroom."
The building will have LED lighting and should be completely dry-walled by the end of next week. The school board is planning to offer tours of the facility to the community within the next couple of months.