VANCOUVER -- Construction is set to begin for a new Crestline Elementary School after the former building was destroyed by a fire in February.
A groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday on the site of the original school, at 13003 SE 7th St. in Vancouver.
Nearly 500 students and their teachers were without a school after the the three-alarm blaze tore through the building in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 3. Crestline students were sent to seven different schools.
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After the building was destroyed, the community rallied to support Evergreen Public Schools like never before, said Skanska USA construction spokesman Jay Weisberger.
"Tuesday’s groundbreaking represents the culmination of all of that support," he added. "This is a positive success story of community support and restoration."
Weisberger said the design exceeds the Washington Sustainable School Protocol for green building. It's expected to open for the 2014-2015 school year.