BONIFAY – Holmes County School Board recognized the county’s first virtual school graduate at a recent school board meeting.

Nathan Wright began his virtual studies in the eleventh grade and graduated with a 3.3 grade point average. Wright is also a member of the Florida Department of Education’s Talented 20.

Students in the Talented 20 are guaranteed admittance to any of the 12 universities in the state, however, they are not guaranteed admittance to school of choice. These students are considered a priority for the awarding of funds from the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), a need-based grant as well.

Next school year’s calendar was approved when the school board met in regular session April 17. The first day of school is set for Friday, August 10, 2018 and the last day is set for May 24, 2019.

In other business, the board approved the retro-fitting of the Bonifay K-8 School as a special needs shelter for the county.

In conjunction with the county and emergency management, the school board will work with the same engineers to ensure that no warranties will be affected by the retrofit. The same electrical contractors will also be used because of their familiarity of the wiring and electrical systems in the facility.

Holmes County School Board will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on May 1.