SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A groundbreaking took place Thursday to recognize the building of a new K-12 multi-school campus. It will be the first of its kind in Chatham County.

“It is historical,” said Dr. Ann Levett, the superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

“We have never in our city, or perhaps in our region with school districts our size, built a building that will house three different schools,” she added.

The long-awaited groundbreaking was delayed due to COVID-19. Now, the district is ready to make this project a reality.

“COVID delayed our groundbreaking but COVID didn’t delay the work,” said Levett.

Construction on the building has already been underway. Once completed, it will house Gould Elementary School, Mercer Middle School and Groves High School – all on one campus.

“We will be able to house in this complex 2,400 students and of course, that’s between the three schools. This complex will also have 400,000 square feet,” Levett explained.

The superintendent said the campus will boast two gymnasiums and a “huge” central kitchen.

“We’ll also have some areas that are specifically for the elementary school, specifically for the middle school and then, of course, specifically for the high school,” Levett said.

This new facility won’t be costly for Chatham County residents.

“Homebuyers like me are not having to bear the cost of this construction, it is coming from our sales tax,” said Levett.

Still, the superintendent said the people who will benefit most from this new campus are the students.

“When you have an opportunity to really review the design and all of the bells and whistles that will be available to our students,” said Levett, “they seem like bells and whistles right now, but they are really essential for our students to learn and be prepared for the 21st century.”

Construction will be complete in 2023 and the campus will be ready to welcome students in August for the 2023 – 2024 school year.