More Delays, New Marianna High School Won't Be Opening at Year's End

The school that was originally slated to open its doors months ago has fallen victim to some more unfortunate delays.

Buddy Dickson is the Jackson County School system’s facilities manager and says, “The major problem is the site work, paving the turning lane out on Caverns Road. It’s mostly things outside of the building that's delaying us now."

A normal rain delay would last a day or two, but because of the soil grade on this construction site it doubles, according to Dickson.

"You can't always tell what the weather is going to be like. It's taking a long time. We really want to be in the building, we wish we were in the building."

Marianna High School Principal Petey Sims says all he can do these days is remain optimistic. He was hoping to have his staff and students in the new building after the Christmas break, but recent rain delays and complications with the soil have put a damper on those plans.

"We just have to roll with the punches and take what the weather gives us, and take what the contactor tells us as far as the problems that have gone on. When we get there, we'll be there. We'll be glad to move in."

School officials say that these delays were foreseen, but plans to avoid the delays would have added at least another $1 million to the cost of the project.