Bill filed could fund the demolition of some Old Dixie Co. High School buildings

DIXIE COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)- The new Dixie County High School opened it's doors this school year but now school leaders are left to figure out what to do with the old high school buildings.

Dixie County High School Principal Paul Bennett says moving from the old high school into this new one was bittersweet.

"Because we have so many memories there, I graduated there, Superintendent Mr. Thomas graduated there, a lot of our faculty members graduated there,” he said.

There are several buildings left on the old campus.

"They become attractive to nuisances. It puts a strain on our law enforcement to patrol this area, we've had a lot of break-ins and recently last week, we had vandals set one of our buildings on fire,” Mike Thomas, Dixie County Schools Superintendent, said.

State Representative Chuck Clemons filed a bill asking for 1.5 million dollars that would fund the demolition of some of those buildings.

"Depending on what we get from the legislature, then we'll decide how much of that fund we'll need and what particular buildings we'll want to demolish,” Thomas said.

Thomas also says the idea is to build a parking lot on the land.

The sports facility will stay intact but the main building of the old school may survive and be sold.

If the bill is passed, it will take effect on July 1st.