It’s a big day in the history of the Zanesville city school system. Two groundbreaking ceremonies to kick off two school construction projects. The first, this morning for a new middle school on Pershing Road. A large crowd was on hand to witness many local and state officials shovel the dirt, which will be the new South middle school in 2005. The facility will be almost seventy-five thousand square feet and looks to be a large upgrade. Ward Coffman, president of the Zanesville school board said the building will have things like laboratory space, which is absent now. But in his mind safety is the biggest issue. He said the new school will have safety features to protect students from incidents happening around the nation. Officials are happy with the support from the community for the project.