VANCOUVER, Wash. – Teachers and staff at the newly rebuilt Crestline Elementary School spent Wednesday setting up classrooms.
"Oh it's wonderful to be back in our community and see and talk to families walking out front, and the kids are excited," said teacher Katie Van Ness.
A Vancouver boy admitted to starting a fire that spread to the school and burned the building to the ground in February of 2013. The boy said he was setting coats on fire on a school bench, according to court documents. The fire caused $22 million in damage.
The boy was sentenced to 10 days in juvenile detention and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution.
The Evergreen School District worked with local and state officials to speed up the building process and get the new school ready for students before the beginning of the 2014 school year. The school was built on the same site, located at 13003 S.E. 7th Street in Vancouver.
"Our biggest excitement about being back in the building is being back in our community," said Crestline Principal Bobbi Hite. "Kids can walk to school. We have a lot less bussing coming in."
The new building is about 20,000 square feet larger than the old school.
Around 60 Starbucks employees volunteered to help set up the classrooms.
The school planned a ribbon cutting ceremony for Aug. 27. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will attend the ceremony.
The new school year begins on Sept. 3.
KGW's Tim Gordon contributed to this story.