Building up New Elementary School South

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SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As you drive down Highway 98 in South Walton, you may notice progress being made at the New Elementary School South site.

The $35 million new school project began in late December last year and is now being built from the foundation up.

"[We] had a little snafu with funding. Got some legislative relief from the legislature with statutory relief. Got our bond money set up and now we're kicking it into gear," said Walton County Director of Facilities, Mark Gardner.

Spreading over 150,000 square feet of land, the facility will house 1,000 student stations for the expanding South Walton population.

Gardner said they are now in the phase of laying the groundwork and building exterior walls.

"We have roadways and curbs put in at this time. And then what you see behind me is the insulated concrete forms, called and CIF system and it's a Styrofoam form that's filled with concrete. So not only is it strong and durable it's very energy efficient," he explained.

Officials said they expect the project to be complete by spring 2019 and open the school to students in fall 2019.