BONIFAY – Holmes County School Board members recently approved a motion to move ahead with negotiations with the National Guard Armory’s purchase of the old Bonifay Elementary School property. The deal was discussed when the board met Nov. 7.

Representatives with the Florida National Guard state the site would be used as a Readiness Center to train and prepare troops for mobilization and deployment. The center is also anticipated to being jobs to the community; although it has not been stated how many.

In other business, board members approved the purchase of 800 laptops for all district schools for use in the iReady classroom program, a diagnostic and instruction program designed to give teachers data-driven insights to determine and focus the specific instructional needs of students. The $208,000 cost will be paid for out of virtual school funds.

The board also approved the board the hiring of the following district staff: Phillip Mullins as District Technology Assistant; Dominique Reading, 12-month custodian at Bonifay K-8; Toni Rice, 12 month custodian at Bonifay K-8; Sandy West, teacher at GAP and Patricia Lawson, bus driver for Poplar Springs School.

Holmes County School Board will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on November 21.