Seven months to the day that Crestline Elementary School was destroyed by a three-alarm fire on Feb. 3, the district officially broke ground on the new Crestline being built at the fire site. About 100 students, parents, teachers and community members turned out at the fire site for the Tuesday groundbreaking.
Members of the Evergreen Public Schools community are invited to the official groundbreaking for the new building at the Crestline Elementary School Site from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 13003 S.E. Seventh St. The school was destroyed by a Feb. 3 fire.
Money to rebuild Vancouver's Crestline Elementary School, to build an airplane hangar and a cosmetology building at the Clark County Skills Center, and to start a community garden in West Vancouver are just some local projects in the state's new two-year, $3.6 billion capital budget.
The former electronics factory and office space that had been shuttered for years was a beehive of activity. In what had been a cavernous space with a sea of 3,500 cubicles, classrooms has been carved out. Now, electricians, painters and other construction workers were helping Crestline Elementary make a comeback.
A caravan of Evergreen Public Schools buses lurched to a stop in the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in east Vancouver. When the doors opened, four classes of Crestline Elementary School kindergartners tumbled out, ready for the sneak preview of Dozer Day.
Students and educators from Crestline Elementary School, which burned down last month, received a boost to their spirits Friday afternoon, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited and promised to help them get a new building as soon as possible.