BONIFAY — Holmes County District School Board approved of a contract agreement with the architect firm Clemons, Rutherford & Associates for the design of the new Bonifay Middle School and Bonifay Elementary School during their June 18 meeting.
“We hope to have a sketch of the buildings available for the public soon,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. “This was the first step of many in seeing this dream turned into a reality. The next step will to present the design and the report of this need to the Department of Education and from there we will appeal to legislation for funding.”
Dixon said that he was very positive of the project’s success to bring these much-needed schools to the area.
“We’ve gone over every possible positive aspect and impact these new schools will bring to our ever-growing area,” said Dixon. “For example, there’s the possibility of a new water tower for the school that would have a positive impact on the surrounding residents. This is a very beneficial endeavor and I have a strong inclination that it will be positively received.”
Board approved of the purchase of 11 new school buses under the contract agreement that it is paid through the Ebro Greyhound Park.
“We’ve had this contract with Ebro for over 29 years and they have always been faithful in keeping that contract,” said Dixon. “It has been over five years since we purchased buses and we are running out of spares. These buses are also longer; sitting an additional eight students per bus, which is needed for growth that we’ve been seeing in Holmes County.”
Board also approved of a 4.9 percent base raise for all instructional and non-instructional employees.
“I wanted to say that I went to Mobile, Ala. and watched our BETA Clubs perform,” said Board member Shirley Owens. “They have put a lot of hard work and dedication into their performances and some of them placed very well. I’m very proud of them.”
The next meeting of the Holmes County District School Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at the Holmes County District School Board office located at 701 East Pennsylvania Ave., Bonifay.