WILLISTON -- Williston High School officials joined with civic leaders, residents and students on Wednesday to break ground on a $56.5 million dollar high school.

Voters in Williston approved a $34 million bond measure in June to help finance a new high school for the rapidly growing school district.

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"I'm so excited because everyday our students and staff are doing remarkable, significant and awe-inspiring things. We're just excited that now the outside of our building will reflect what's going on on the inside, because there's some pretty awesome things going on on the inside." Williston High School Principal Jason Germundson said at the ceremony.

More than 700 Williston students attended class last year in 54 portable classrooms, and the district is projected to grow by another 1,300 students in the next five years.

The new high school is set for completion in July 2016.