LYNCHBURG, Va. -

After years of debate, work is finally getting underway on a new high school in Lynchburg.

City and school leaders broke ground this morning on a new Heritage High School.

The $63-million project is being built on what is now an athletic field, next to Timberlake Road.

It will replace the current Heritage High School, which was built in the mid-70's and has many structural issues.

"A community came together to make this new school happen," said Scott Brabrand, superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools.  "It wasn't one person, one student, one teacher.  It was a whole community of educators, community members, and parents all working together for the good of the future of Lynchburg."

Crews will build new athletic fields first, before starting construction on the school building.

The new Heritage High is expected to open by the fall of 2016.