It's a project that's been years in the making but Phillipsburg, New Jersey is now one step closer to finally getting its new high school.

A ground breaking took place close to three years ago but the 123 acres on a hilltop in Lopatcong Township, New Jersey are still waiting for that school.

Marc Larkins with the New Jersey Schools Development Authority says it's been more than 10 years in the making.

“There's no expectation that the project will be put on the back burner the complete expectation is that we will award this project at the end of this process and construction will start,” said Larkins.

State officials announced an advertisement for construction on Thursday. This means they're now looking for a general contractor for the job.

Even though the advertisement is out, Larkins says the process will take months and they don't expect construction to begin until next spring.

The new school is planned to be finished by 2016, a little late for students like Chelsea Caffruy who've gone their entire high school career having to take some classes in trailers due to overcrowding.

“I was supposed to be the first class to graduate from it and we actually do need the new high school and we need it for a long time because it's just crazy walking from trailer to trailer every day,” said Caffruy.