Bryan ISD made a ceremonial start Friday to the construction of its fourth middle school.
School officials broke ground on Davila Middle School at the intersection of Texas Avenue and Earl Rudder Freeway.
The school is named after Arthur L. Davila, the first Hispanic to be elected to the Bryan School Board.
Davila served on the Board of Trustees from 1971-1984.
He was an active role model in the Hispanic community and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 from the Hispanic Forum.
The project is part of a $104.2 million bond approved by voters in 2005.
"The location is fantastic and the building is going to be fantastic. What will make it a great school will not only be those students, but also the teachers and staff that are going to be there," said David Stasny, BISD School Board President.
The new building, which will lie on 30 acres, is scheduled to open Fall 2008.