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REXBURG—It’s the final act in a drama, a decade in the making.

Students, faculty, district administration and community leaders gathered on Wednesday, May 16, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the final additions onto Madison High School. According to Holly Allen, a member of the Madison School Board, adding on to the high school was the original intent of the district when the high school was built ten years ago.

Ten classrooms, two science labs, an event stadium, a track field, a competition gym and additional parking make up the new high school additions.

Allen told the crowd of students and faculty at the groundbreaking that though the land it was built on was 160 acres, they decided to only fill a portion of the property at the time.

“We’re going to use almost all of that space,” she said. “It’s time to finish the yard.”

Allen also cited the nearly $27 million bond that was passed as being the second highest supported bond in the state of Idaho, with a passing majority of 81 percent.

Superintendent Dr. Geoffrey Thomas, who conducted the groundbreaking ceremony, said it was the right time to add on to the high school and that the community’s support was very appreciated.

“This is the finest high school in the state of Idaho,” he said.

Following the remarks, the school district administration and board of trustees symbolically shoveled into a pile of dirt to mark the beginning of the construction process.

The construction is slated to take several years, but Thomas said the ten classrooms are planned on being completed by the end of 2019, so long as everything works out.