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VACAVILLE — A local school is reopening in Vacaville for the first time in five years.

In 2011, Sierra Vista Elementary school was shut down after the Vacaville Unified School District faced funding shortages.

But in 2014, Vacaville voters passed a $194 million bond, Measure A, to help improve 16 school projects. Eleven million dollars went to the rebuilding of Sierra Vista.

They got a new mascot, added seventh- and eighth-grades and a college prep program, making Sierra Vista the only K-8 school in the district.

“It’s such a small environment that the teachers are going to know them, the kids are going to know them, and with that, they’ll just want to be part of that team, and grow and support each other, whether they’re 5 years old or 13,” Principal Cathy Bozzini said.

For some students and staff, this is not just the opening of a new school. It’s more of a homecoming.

Years ago, Patty Wasielewski started her teaching career at Sierra Vista. She was teaching sixth-grade when the campus closed. She never thought she’d return, until seeing Wednesday’s ribbon cutting.

“It was a lot of hard feelings, and the families were really sad, and it was very difficult. And now to see it reopen, and all of us together, it’s just incredible,” Wasielewski said. She was overcome with emotion, she wiped her tears of joy.

The same went with Dylan Kosar.

“I started at this school when I was 5. I had the best kindergarten teacher. It’s cool and awesome that I just get to experience what it’s like to this school again,” Dylan said.

So far, enrollment is at around 380, and that number is growing every hour.

The first day of school is Thursday.