The Wichita Falls (Texas) school district has broken ground for construction of two new high schools in Wichita Falls.

News Channel 6 reports that district and community leaders gathered at both the west and east site locations to commemorate the start of the projects.

Actual construction crews won’t be out until this fall, but those who attended the event said it was an important step in the district moving forward.

“It comes to reality today when you see everyone put their shovels into the ground,” Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana says. “You can hold your head high now knowing your kid is going to one of these high schools,.”

Funding for the new high schools was included in a $276 million bond proposal that voters approved in 2020.

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