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first_imgCrestline Elementary School is engulfed in smoke and flames on Feb. 3, 2013. Warmth may return for this last week of August. Local weather coverage is online here.Were you away for the weekend? Catch up on some big stories.Crestline students return ‘home’In the next 10 days, all K-12 students in Clark County will head back to school for another year of learning. Nowhere is their excitement likely to be more palpable than at Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver.On Feb. 3, 2013, Crestline students stood across the street and watched as their school was destroyed by flames. Students, parents, teachers and neighbors huddled together that Sunday morning with expressions of disbelief. Some cried. Others hugged. They’d later learn the cause was arson.As crews rebuilt Crestline, its 500 students and 50 staff were sent to other schools and then got their own temporary school. They became skilled at packing, moving and unpacking.But now, Crestline staff has unpacked for the last time.Excitement reverberated through Crestline Elementary on Wednesday as teachers, staff and volunteers unpacked boxes of books, organized classrooms and prepared to open a brand new school.Music teacher Steve Moebs, 59, stood on the stage, his classroom at the new school, as the volunteers unpacked xylophones and other instruments and placed them in cabinets. In the original Crestline, his music classroom was a double portable with some equipment dating to the school’s opening in 1973. The new music room is a stage engineered for acoustics. A black curtain wraps around to hide the classroom space and turn it into theater space.last_img read more