A new high school may be on the horizon for Liberty County as officials lobby for funds to build a new one.
According to School Board Chairman Kyle Peddie, the current high school was built back in 1981 and is already showing it’s age.
“Honestly, it’s in good shape. Even the people at DOE (Florida Department of Education) are impressed with the way we’ve kept it up,” Peddie remarks. “But one of the things that’s always been an issue is heating and air. That building’s 30 plus years old so keeping a roof and heating and air up is an issue like in your home. You’re constantly dumping money into repairs after it gets 35 years old. There are also a lot of issues with the lunchroom. It’s probably an undersized lunchroom for the amount of kids coming through each day.”
Peddie notes Liberty County is facing a similar situation to what Calhoun County faced a few years back when there was a need to move Blountstown Middle School out of the low lying area, place those students at the circa 1980s high school and put high school students in a new facility.
In Liberty County’s case, it’s the old elementary school that now serves as administrative office space, as well as a site for pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs, in dire need of a new facility. By moving those offices and programs to the existing high school, it opens the door for a new high school facility.
Check out this week's print edition for the full story and where the school district is in the funding application process.vv