Students and teachers at Merritt Brown Middle School in Bay County will return to renovated school next week.
The twenty-two year old school was completely gutted over the last seven months. From a new security and air conditioning system to new flooring and state of the art technology, Merritt Brown sets a high standard for schools in Bay County.
Before the renovation, the middle school was suffering from serious lighting and flooring issues.
The $5.9 million dollar renovation was mostly paid for with LCI dollars but a million of it came from the last half cent sales tax.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt says he hopes to implement these upgrades in all Bay County schools but the public will decide how soon those changes can happen.
"Get the half cent sales tax passed, it's going to be a lot sooner then later. So the technology is something on the forefront of everybody's mind. We want to put it in all schools but major renovations like this will take time but we have plans when we do these," said Husfelt.
The next school on the list to receive major renovations is Surfside Middle School in Panama City Beach.