A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate construction on the new high school being built in Melissa.

“Today’s an historical moment for Melissa Schools,” Superintendent Keith Murphy said at the ceremony.

The Melissa Schools board of trustees, along with Melissa Mayor Reed Greer and City Councilman Jay Northcut, attended the event.

“This is a big deal and this is a long time coming,” board President George James said.

The site is located on 80 acres east of Highway 121 and Melissa Road on Milrany Lane. The school will be built in phases and will have a collegiate style to the architecture.

According to a press release from Corgan Architecture, the first phase will include 37 classrooms, a 900-seat gymnasium, two life skills classrooms, a 100-seat lecture hall, library, band hall, black box theater, two art labs, eight science labs and six makerspaces.

Dirt work on the high school began in April and by the end of the month concrete should be poured for the fire lanes.

Construction is expected to take a year and should be open for students by August of 2018.

Funding for the school comes from the $150 million bond proposition Melissa voters approved last year and is the first major project to come out of the program.

Originally the groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for April 17, but rainy weather pushed back the event.