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Students To Head To New Classrooms After Massive School Fire

OPB | Feb. 4, 2013 12:07 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 8:01 p.m.

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Leaders in the Evergreen School District are hoping students displaced by a massive school fire will be back in class later this week. Leaders met Monday and concluded there is room to move students elsewhere.

Crestline Elementary in Vancouver was still smouldering Monday morning, follow a weekend fire.

Crestline Elementary in Vancouver was still smouldering Monday morning, follow a weekend fire.

Troy Wayrynen / The Columbian

The fire that devastated a Southwest Washington elementary school has forced officials to re-distribute students to at least five different schools.

Leaders in the Evergreen School District have identified where students from fire-ravaged Crestline Elementary will go. Since there’s no one building that can hold all the kids, they’re being split up by grade level.  But officials say they’re keeping Crestline teachers with their current students.

Spokeswoman Carol Fenstermacher says the Evergreen district plans to rebuild Crestline where it burned down. She says insurance should cover the cost, but re-building takes a while.

She explained, “There’s still a school – or what’s left of it – on those grounds. So a lot of things have to happen before we can actually break ground and start building a new school.That’s the long-term  goal. We’ll get that done. But it will not be ready in September.”

Students are expected to attend classes in their new buildings starting Thursday.
 
Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.

 

Students and their teachers will be housed at the following schools:

  • Kindergarten students will go to Mill Plain Elementary School, 400 SE 164th Avenue, Vancouver;
  • Students in the first grade will go to Ellsworth Elementary School, 512 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver;
  • Second graders will go to Columbia Valley Elementary School, 17500 SE Sequoia Circle, Vancouver;
  • Third graders and students in the Academic Learning Center (ALC) will go to Riverview Elementary School, 12601 SE Riveridge Drive, Vancouver; and
  • Fourth and fifth graders will go to Fircrest Elementary School, 12001 NE 9th Street, Vancouver.

Crestline students will remain with their current teacher and classmates.

Students that normally ride the bus to Crestline Elementary School will be picked up at the same bus spot as before, but five minutes earlier. Students that have not ridden the bus in the past will be contacted by Evergreen Public Schools’ Transportation Department with information on the bus pick-up location. Students will all be transported to Mountain View High School where they will board a bus for their specific school.

Crestline students that are part of the EXCEL (Highly Capable) pull-out class will now attend the EXCEL class at Evergreen Public Schools’ Flex Academy. Transportation will be provided from the students home. The EXCEL pull out class will remain on Tuesdays. Students in the New Comers Center will be moved to Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary School.

“Right now it looks like we’ll be able to get kids back in school Thursday – that’s our goal,” Fenstermacher says.

Fenstermacher says the district intends to rebuild Crestline at the same spot. But she says it’s unlikely it can be finished by next school year.

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