First day of school for Bonifay K-8 School

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BONIFAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- History was made in Holmes County, Fla. Monday.

After three years of planning and construction, the Bonifay K-8 School welcomed its first students.

Students weren't the only ones excited about the first day in a new school.

"To have a school such as this in Holmes County, it's pretty phenomenal," Bonifay K-8 School parent Michael Tadlock said. "Not just the state-of-the-art facility that's here, but also a lot of the opportunities that's going to be there for our little ones from kindergarten to eighth grade. [It's] pretty amazing."

The classrooms include TVs, smart boards and LED lights, setting the facility apart from other schools in the county.

Right now, more than 1,360 students are enrolled. Principal Rodd Jones said third grade has the most students.

"I think every one of our guidance counselors' offices had someone in it at all times this morning enrolling new students," Jones said.

Students came from the recently closed Bonifay Elementary School and Bonifay Middle School, as well as neighboring counties.

Jones said the school is new to everyone, so even administrators are learning on the job about the new facility.

"Each day, we're looking to make it smoother, and smoother, and smoother until we get it like it needs to be running," Jones said.

School leaders said their main goal is to provide the best education for Holmes County's children, and they're confident the new learning environment will help do just that.

Kindergarten kick-off starts this Wednesday and Thursday. All students will be in class at Bonifay K-8 starting Friday.