Armed with plastic shovels and plenty of energy some Ames elementary school students dug into a huge dirt pile to break ground for a new school Friday.
It was the launch of a major new school building project in Ames. Voters last spring approved a $60 million bond issue to build three new schools and reconstruct two existing buildings.
The first building will be located on Miller Avenue on the far southwest edge of the city.
Supt Dr. Tim Taylor said the city has been growing to the south and west, so this new project is really important to be located where the kids are. The first building is expected to be complete for the 2015 school year.
Other buildings are to be completed by 2017-2018.