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District breaks ground on new Eisenhower High School

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Community members broke ground on the site of the new Eisenhower High School this morning and unveiled the sign for the project. The district says the new school will take two years to build.

The band was at the site as well, playing a few songs for the crowd. The event included several speeches about the effort it took to get the money for the new school. Speakers included the superintendent and the Eisenhower principal, as well as current and former students. The superintendent says the new school is a very necessary upgrade from the current building.

"This current school has like, one electrical outlet per room. We can't use modern technologies because we can't even plug in electricity, the security of this school will be amazing and… keep the kids safe," says Yakima Superintendent Elaine Beraza.

The district says the school will be done by summer 2013. The first class to graduate will be in 2014.

The district plans to demolish the old Eisenhower once the new one is built. There are also plans to remodel Davis High School.