PORTLAND – The Portland School Board voted Monday night to re-build Marysville Elementary School, which was destroyed by fire two years ago.
The vote was unanimous and insurance money will be used to pay for the project.
Marysville will remain a Kindergarten through 8th-grade school when it re-opens.
Students were moved to the old Rose City Park School after the fire, which is located about 20 minutes away from the Marysville location.
The school board had to re-evaluate its options after bond failed last May that would have paid for the cost of modernizing and fully re-building Marysville. Under the current plan, the rebuilt elementary school will re-open by January 2013.
Arturo Hernadez has two children, ages seven and nine, and lives right across the street from Marysville Elementary School. She was excited to hear of the plans to re-open.
“I'm so happy, because I don't have to get up early and take the babies to the bus stop. Just wake them up and they can go by themselves," she said.
Ameera Sahhir runs a daycare across the street.
“It's been two long years, and we've been watching it on TV, talking with the neighbors and hoping and anticipating... that was a journey!”