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PORTLAND -- Parents of students and area residents spoke out during Monday night's school board meeting, pushing for the rebuilding of Marysville School more than a year after it burned.

Students initially displaced by the fire were moved to Rose City Park School to attend classes.

When Marysville school went up in flames in November of 2009, everyone escaped unharmed but many students said that watching their school burn was traumatic.

Buildings are important but the school is all about the people inside, teacher Karen Morgan said following the devastating blaze.

Background:Marysville School burns down

At Monday night's Portland Public Schools board meeting, supporters pushed for the board to honor what they said was its previous commitment to rebuild.

We're not a school that needs to be remodeled. We need to be rebuilt, said 2nd grade teacher Becky McAlister. Our school is basically gone and being back in the neighborhood is critical.

Board members said they would take public input throughout the summer and then focus on a long term plan.

they said the option to rely on public bond money to rebuild Marysville fell through when voters rejected the bond last month.

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