BONIFAY – Grand opening ceremonies were held August 2 for the brand new Bonifay K-8 School.

Scores of residents, local and state officials, faculty, and staff were on hand to mark the occasion.

The new facility has a price tag of just over $38 million, most of which is state funded. There is state of the art technology in place in every classroom to include the computer labs available for all grade levels.

Superintendent Terry Mears states the facility is iconic.

“This is a magnificent facility,” said Mears. “My goal and challenge for the faculty and staff is to ensure that we achieve academic excellence within the walls to match the iconic exterior.”

Principal Rodd Jones echoed the superintendent's sentiment.

“Opportunities are what I see, opportunities to do more things technologically that we weren’t able to do at the other schools,” said Jones. “It will enable us to do amazing things.”

Teachers say they are excited to go into their new classrooms and begin teaching when classes resume next week.

"I am very excited to be working in such a great facility," said ESE teacher Julie Stewart. "To learn and grow with my students in a brand new school is a phenomenal opportunity."

Former School Board Superintendent Eddie Dixon, who was in office when the process to build the new facility began, stated he was happy for the students of Bonifay.

“This is great day for Holmes County, and an even greater day for the students of Bonifay,” said Dixon.

Senator George Gainer and State Representative Brad Drake were on hand for the festivities.

The school year will begin on August 14.