Jackson County will close three schools and open one

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WTVY) -- Some Jackson County students will be attending class in a brand new school next year.

The school board will close three Jackson County schools.

That's because students will be going to a new school that will house more than two thousand students once it's complete.

Golson Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and Marianna Middle School will be combining to form the new Marianna K-8 School.

The school covering eight acres is just down the street from Marianna High School.

Saying goodbye to the old buildings is bittersweet for the Marianna community.

"It started as Jackson County training school the all-black school before integration, and when we integrated here in our district it became Marianna Middle School so I watched it go through a couple of transformations," says Eddie Ellis the principal at Marianna Middle School.

The schools will be finished in time for the next school year.

At that same time, the addition of a K-5 wing at Graceville High School will be ready.

Also on the drawing board is a new Pre-K through 4th-grade school that will combine Sneads Elementary and Grand Ridge Schools.