Jackson County may be saying goodbye to aging schools in the city of Marianna. The school board is advertising for an architect to design a new kindergarten through eighth grade school. The school board is looking to better the education environment for three schools all over 55 years old; F.M. Golson Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Marianna Middle School.
Land located across from the Jackson County Health Department, near Marianna High School, is owned by the city of Marianna. The school board could soon build a K-8th school costing 50 million dollars. By combining the three aging schools and 2,200 students, the school will have new state of the art computer labs and new sports fields. Bus drivers will shave 327 miles a day, saving the county a quarter million dollars on diesel fuel.
According to Jackson County Superintendent Steve Benton, this could be a win for the county and the students, "Being in a new environment, a new school, and knowing they will start there at kindergarten and work their way up to Marianna High in the same location. I just feel like it would be a no brainer for the people here in Jackson County."