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Marysville rises

January 08, 2013
Wide eyes and bright smiles filled the hallways as students returned to Marysville K-8 School for the first time since a 2009 fire ravaged the building. Teachers and school staff were just as excited, and ready to get back to the business of teaching and learning.
Students and parents at Marysville K-8 School are given a warm welcome back to the building by teachers staff. Members of the school and the communityalso gathered for an Open House. Photos by Katharine Kimball
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Fresh paint, a new library and technology center, a complete sprinkler system, a completely new east wing – paid for with insurance proceeds – transformed the building from a burnt-out shell to a warm and inviting new school.

On Nov. 10, 2009, Marysville K-8 School caught fire. Students and staff followed safety protocols and escaped without injury, taking shelter in the Holgate Library. But their school was rendered unusable. They were relocated to the once-shuttered Rose City Park building, where they have remained since.

Investigators ruled the fire's cause as inconclusive but ruled out the school's electrical system.

Staff worked with community members to determine whether insurance proceeds should be used to partially rebuild Marysville School, or to make improvements to nearby Kellogg School. Based on the community input, the board decided to proceed with the rebuild work at Marysville.

Construction was completed on time and on budget.


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