Sinkholes found on the proposed site for Marianna K-8 School

MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A new discovery is causing some concern over the plans for a new K-8 school in Marianna.

The new school is supposed to be built on the corner of Caverns Road and Russell Road in Marianna.

However, a recent discovery has officials questioning the school's location. The proposed site is also home to a handful of sinkholes.

Some engineers found the sinkholes when they were doing some of the preliminary work on the site.

They had noticed some runoff water that wasn't on other parts of the property. That's because it was flowing into the sinkholes.

Right now, there are about five noticeable sinkholes.

Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore said they're all in about the same place along Russell Road and they don't appear to be too deep.

"There are ways to deal with those that we've been told," Moore said. "There's a grouting process, a flowable field that can be used, but the question mark right now is how extensive are those sinkholes?"

Moore said they aren't too concerned right now because the proposed site is about 90 acres. The school would only take up about 10 acres.

He said they have some geotechnical engineers doing tests.

He said he hopes to get those results back soon so they'll know more about just how extensive these sinkholes are.

Concerns aside, Moore said they plan on having a groundbreaking for the school in October, with construction set to begin in late spring.

The project should take about two years to complete.