The fire led to a mini diaspora, of sorts. Students and staff at the school spent the last six school years at temporary locations elsewhere in Somerville. Children who were in kindergarten when the fire struck will be entering sixth grade this fall.
During those years, the city embarked on an effort to fund and then rebuild the K-8 school.
On Sept. 3, students, staff and families who are part of the East Somerville Community School will celebrate the school's reopening, according to a flyer from the city.
The school will have a new building to call home, complete with a full-sized gym, media center and garden classroom, among other things.
The new building, at Pearl and Cross streets, cost about $39.1 million to build, which was funded by an insurance payout, money from the Massachusetts School Building Authority and municipal bonds. About 550 students will call the school home.
The grand opening on Sept. 3 takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Cross Street side of the school.
More About the East Somerville Community School
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- East Somerville Community School Construction Resumes in November
- East Somerville School to Open in Sept. 2013