Dixon proposes location of new schools to HC BOCC

HC BOCC 6-25

Superintendent of Holmes County Schools Eddie Dixon revealed the school board’s intended location of the new Bonifay Elementary and Middle School at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioner’s June 25 meeting.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

BONIFAY — Superintendent of Holmes County Schools Eddie Dixon announced that their intended location for the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary School is the Holmes County Fair Grounds during the Holmes County Board of County Commission’s June 25 meeting.

“The fair grounds behind the Holmes County High School is the ideal location because we can then have all the schools in one location,” said Dixon. “The old high school, which is the middle school now, was built in the early ‘50s, while the elementary school was built in 1969. The middle school had clay pipes, which are now completely gone and that’s just one of the many reasons we need new schools.”

County Attorney Jeff Goodman inquired Dixon about the Board’s role in this endeavor.

“We need some sort of agreement that if we acquire the funding then we’ll be able to reach some sort of agreement concerning that property,” said Dixon. “Representatives from the Department of Education will be down next week, perhaps you can send a representative on behalf of the Board to attend?”

The Board approved of sending Commissioner Williams and Goodman to all negotiations involving the process of building these new schools at the Holmes County Fair Grounds.

Holmes County Constitutional Officers including Property Appraiser Otis Corbin, Supervisor of Elections Debbie Wilcox, Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson, Holmes County Tax Collector Harry B. Bell, III and County Judge Owen Powell were present to request that the county do a feasibility study for Holmes County to have a Governmental Complex.

“We don’t want it tonight, we just want you to do a study to see if it’s feasible,” said Powell. “One of our more pressing needs is to get the Supervisor of Elections office out of the courthouse. It’s subjecting our voters to the bad company that frequent that courthouse and every day it poses a compromise in security to the courthouse.”

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