The Ashe County Board of Commissioners have committed to funding for a new middle school.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the Commissioners Monday voted to approve the $61.3 million project, that would provide a school of more than 164,000 square feet, and all inclusive athletic fields.

Dr. Eisa Cox, Ashe County Schools Superintendent, said the project is still in the design phase, but hopes to have a starting date in August.

Ashe Middle School has previously been hosting only seventh and eighth graders, but with the addition of sixth graders, there have had to be changes in design and project starting times.

According to Construction Manager at Risk Mike Kesterson, the hope is to see a completion date of September 2024.