UPDATED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 6:28pm
WACO -- Twelve months and 2.5 million dollars later, the doors at Speegleville Elementary are back open.
"It's like coming home. I know the kids are excited, they're excited to be back, excited to have their library back and their classrooms, it's just a good feeling," PTA member and mother of two, Leslie Graves said.
"They're all coming in and screaming, 'oh it's so pretty!', Speegleville P.E. teacher Sheri Springston said.
Last august former Speegleville nurse Mary Gutierrez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting the school on fire.
The front of the building, including the library,offices and a few classrooms were nearly destroyed.
For moms like Graves,who went to the school herself, the news came as a surprise.
"It was devastating, it was just a really sad time, I mean everyone was just kind of in shock."
But now that the smoke has cleared...
"It's a beautiful facility, it's just well lit, updated, fresh paint, fresh carpet," Karen Gillette, Speegleville counselor said.
Thanks to the insurance from lost textbooks, the school was able to purchase an iPad for each student.
But teachers say they're just happy to be back.
"Just to be the small school that we've always been is what we're looking forward to," Springston said.
"This is what we do, we work with kids, we love these kids and we are glad to all be back together," Gillette said.
As for the students?
"This is the coolest school ever..."