Education | Oregon

Rebuilding After Fire, School Prepares To Open This Fall

OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 10:53 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 3:21 p.m. | Portland

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It’s been a year since a fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver. The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

Construction at Crestline Elementary.

Construction at Crestline Elementary.

Evergreen Public Schools webcam

This school year, Crestline students and staff are holding classes on a former Hewlett-Packard campus. The school is being rebuilt. The plan is to welcome students back in the fall.

The total cost of rebuilding is $14.5 million.

“I think for the kids, especially that live right in that nearby neighborhood to Crestline, they’ve been watching the school rebuilding,” said Gail Spolar of Evergreen Public Schools. “So they’re curious and interested, and they’re excited to see how that’s going to open up and what the new playground is going to look like.”

Spolar said the school has received donations of books and school supplies from the community.

In a money-saving move, the new Crestline Elementary is using plans drawn up for another district school. The maximum capacity is 650 students. When the old building burned, it had almost 500 students enrolled.

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