Marianna City Officials To Hold Meeting on K-8 School Rezoning

MARIANNA, Fla. - Jackson County officials are one step closer to building a new K-8 School along Highway 71 and Caverns Road.

Tomorrow the Marianna City Commission will vote on an ordinance to rezone the proposed site, also giving the public a chance to weigh-in during their meeting.

City officials are making the changes because the property was originally zoned as an industrial site.

Rezoning is step two in making the site suitable for a public institution.

"The whole purpose of the land-use change and the zoning change is to accommodate the construction of the new school," said Marianna City Manager Jim Dean.

City officials already voted to change the land-use of the proposed site.

"The land-use changed the city a month or so ago from industrial special treatment to public institutional," said Dean.

In the past, there was strong opposition to where the school would be built.

"There were some comments from the public, that they felt the site was not the optimum site," said Dean. 

However the Jackson County school board approved the site, along with the Florida Department of Education.

"If we change anything, especially the location, we would have to start that process all over again. And with our ranking right now being at number two on the state list, that would have really postponed this project possibly another three years or so," said Jackson County Supt. of Schools Larry Moore.

Moore also adds that the county has garnered some support from lawmakers on funding the school for this legislative session, which also begins this week.

"We are excited, we've been told that we have a lot of support in the Senate and in the house, we anticipate the K-8 school funding to be included in both the their budgets," said Moore.

The new K-8 school will take the place of Riverside and Golson Elementary Schools, and Marianna Middle School.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Marianna City Hall at 6 p.m.

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