New School for Jackson County?

JACKSON COUNTY - Jackson County school officials say a new school may soon be built.

The plan is to build a kindergarten through eighth grade school to replace Marianna middle, Riverside Elementary and Golson Elementary. School board officials applied for a special facilities grant for small, rural districts, which would pay for most of it.

"Our local effort would be responsible for 3 years of 1.5 ad valorem. That's not to say we have to use the ad valorem. We can use our sales tax as a basis for raising that money but it runs about $8.3 million. So for us, we're getting a $50 million school for an $8.3 million investment," said Stuart Wiggins, Facilities & Maintenance of Jackson County Schools.

If all goes as planned, the school will open in 2018.