The Bethel (Ore.) district has broken ground on a $67 million replacement of 66-year-old Cascade Middle School.
The new school is being built about 10 feet behind the back of the existing building, reports The Register-Guard.
Once complete, the old school will be razed, and the land will be converted into a green area for students and the public.
The school will feature large windows and a student meeting space at the entry of the school with tables and places for students to socialize.
District administrators say the existing Cascade Middle School has significant structural and mechanical deficiencies that would have been costly to repair.
Funds for the new school will come from a $99.3 million bond election in 2020.
The new school is expected to be completed in December 2023.