MIDVALE — The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the new Midvale Middle School.

The event on Thursday, June 11, will start with a 5 p.m. reception. The ceremony, will start at 5:30 and conclude with the ceremonial turning of the dirt by Canyons School District officials, new Principal Wendy Dau and local dignitaries.

The 203,000-square-foot, three-wing building will be constructed at 7852 S. Pioneer St., site of the former school. Demolition on the old school begins later this month.

The school, scheduled to be completed in fall 2017, will boast features including: large windows to allow for natural light, high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a front entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, indoor and outdoor student commons areas, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms.

While crews work on the new Midvale Middle School, students and teachers will be housed in the old Crescent View Middle School, 11150 S. 300 East. They will be welcomed in the new home of the Trojans by Dau, and assistant principals Karen Moore, Kerry Schroeppel and Kip Carlsen.

The new school is funded with proceeds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010.