VANCOUVER - Two months after a fire destroyed their school, a new plan could bring students from Vancouver’s Crestline Elementary back together in one place while their new school is built.
The Evergreen School District will lease the former Hewlett Packard headquarters on Southeast 34th for one year. The plan was set for approval at Tuesday night's school board meeting. The property is inside the district boundaries and about three-and-a-half miles from Crestline.
The lease would run from August 1 of this year until July 31 of 2014. Since the fire in February, the 500 Crestline students have been scattered by grade among five schools in the Evergreen district.
The superintendent and school board have always wanted to get the students back together in one place.
“We've been a growing district,” district spokesperson Carol Fenstermacher said. “It has evened out, but if you look around our district we've got about one third of our kids in portables, so there isn't any empty building sitting here for us to use.”
The district is working with its insurance company and the city to rebuild Crestline. The goal is to have the new elementary school ready for students for the 2014-15 school year.
KGW Reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report