Liberty County High School groundbreaking

LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - On Friday, many in Liberty County celebrated a milestone that's been a community effort.

Hundreds gathered for the groundbreaking of the new Liberty County High School.

Parts of the current high school are more than 60 years old.

The new school will be 87,000 square feet.

Officials said the new school has been a long-time coming and well worth the wait.

"It's been a better part of a decade since we first began to apply under the Special Facilities program that the state runs," Liberty County Superintendent of Schools David Summers said. "It was set up for little districts like ours and each year it seemed like we were right on the edge of getting in the funding, then something would happen."

"Our classrooms will be modern with all the great and wonderful technology," Liberty County School Board Chairwoman Tina Tharpe said. "We'll be all under one roof. We won't be cut up into different buildings. It'll just be a much bigger and better school."

Culpepper Construction will be the school's contract manager.

The school is scheduled to open in August 2019.