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South Bay Elementary School Reopens On Long Island

Children in the media center at the new South Bay Elementary School - West Babylon, NY - Sep 7, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS)

Children in the media center at the new South Bay Elementary School – West Babylon, NY – Sep 7, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS)

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WEST BABYLON, NY (CBSNewYork) - A West Babylon school has risen from the ashes after a devastating fire destroyed the establishment over a year ago.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

It was in February 2010 when students and parents were crying outside the South Bay Elementary School.

The school had burned down.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

After 18 months, the school has been rebuilt and students are coming back to the classrooms.

Emergency crews are seen at South Bay Elementary School - West Babylon, NY - Feb 19, 2010 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Emergency crews are seen at South Bay Elementary School - West Babylon, NY - Feb 19, 2010 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

“Everything is brand new, state of the art. There are smartboards¬†in every single classroom, computers in every classroom, and the building just looks wonderful,” said superintendent Anthony Cacciola. “Really the only piece of the building that remained was the front of the building and the side.”

Students in a hallway at the new South Bay Elementary School - West Babylon, NY - Sep 7, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS)

Students in a hallway at the new South Bay Elementary School - West Babylon, NY - Sep 7, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS)

Principal Joann Scott said the school is now equipped with Wi-Fi and a full Broadway stage set up in the cafeteria.

The students from grades K through 5 had been using a nearby church for classes.