Dirt flying at new Selah Middle School site

SELAH, Wash. -- Selah's school district officially broke ground on the new middle school Thursday afternoon.

The new school will cost $28-million to build.

It should be ready for students in January of 2015.

Three seventh grade students who will be among the first in the new building took part in the ceremony.

"Today actually marks the official beginning of this process and we couldn't be more thrilled as a community and a district, because it's been a long time coming and a lot of time and effort have gone into this project," said Superintendent Shane Backlund.

The new campus will be able to hold 800 students.