It has taken 25 years, and lots of political maneuvering, but Bradley County's Lake Forest Middle School will soon have a new academic building.

Thursday's official groundbreaking ceremony featured local school and government leaders, along with the school's chorus and band.  The school was built in the 1970s, with multiple buildings, referred to as pods.  It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but principal Ritchie Stevenson says it's hard to supervise a student body that isn't under one roof.  Students and teachers have long complained about inclement weather as they walk to their classes, and leaks inside the various buildings.

The two-story, seventeen million dollar project is set to begin any day now, with construction expected to take about 18 months. School officials say the new building should be ready to open in the fall of 2018.  Construction is not expected to interfere with the school's current academic activities.