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Mitchell2ErikaWeitkuhnAfter a fire ripped through Mitchell Elementary in February, students returning to school on Tuesday will come back to their home school after being relocated to Wind Point Elementary for the remainder of the school year.

The fire caused damage to the gym, which was attached to the elementary school. Other areas of the Mitchell complex, which houses the elementary and a middle school, were damaged. However, much of that was restored within a short period of time on the middle school and students returned a few weeks after the fire.

While much of the work is done on the elementary school, some work still needs to be completed on the gym, kitchen and an addition of a multipurpose room.

The total cost of replacing the gym with a two-story addition is between $1.8 and $2.1 million, according to a story in The Journal Times, and will paid for primarily with insurance money from the loss.

A modern gym will occupy the second floor, and a cafeteria/multi-purpose room will take up the first floor. Construction is expected to begin in May and complete in time for students to begin the 2014-2015 school year.

The fire occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 27 and was determined by the Racine Fire Department to be an accident.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.