Update on Marianna K-8 School construction

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Progress is coming along on the new Marianna K-8 school in Jackson County.

Right now workers are laying out the cafeteria dining hall.

The cafeteria will be able to seat 1,500 students. The school is designed for 2,400 students.

Earthwork is also being done to get ready for the remaining buildings.

Officials say they're actually ahead of schedule.

"According to the Superintendent Todd Neddly, this is some of the best soil he's ever worked with," Director of Facilities Stuart Wiggins said. "We've been getting a lot of rain, but he tells me that within 10 to 15 minutes after it rains, they're able to get back out."

The school is expected to be completed by May 2020. The first students will start class in August of that year.