The Clinton School District broke ground on the new Clinton Middle School Tuesday.
The historic significance of the Washington Middle School building is not lost on Principal Brian Kenney.
"This place holds a really dear spot to people," said Kenney.
He went to school here when he was a kid.
But, being built in 1930's, it has its downsides, like incompatibility with the technology of today's classrooms.
"If our IT department were here right now they'd sigh and say it's a challenge every single day," he said.
While it's a time of new beginnings for Clinton schools, it's also the end of an era for the district's two middle schools, Washington and Lyons.
They'll be combined as one when the new Clinton Middle School opens in July of next year.
Superintendent Deb Olson says the new building will incorporate classrooms suited to a more interactive learning curriculum.
"To think about what our community needed for our children and this is a testimony to that and to our community that they're on board in wanting what's best for our kids," she said.
The new school is slated to open in the Fall of 2014.