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School repairs halfway done after arson caused $4 million in damages

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Roberts (WQOW) - More than two months after arson damaged a St. Croix County school building, officials say they're about halfway done fixing up the building.

Justin Nelson faces charges of arson, burglary and criminal damage to property. Authorities say back in April, Nelson broke into the St. Croix Central school in Roberts, and started a fire in at least five separate spots throughout the building.

Crews have been busy cleaning up the school and repairing the damage to the entrance, front office and library media center. The St. Croix superintendent says repairs are about halfway done, and will cost around $4 million dollars. Insurance will pay for the repairs. The district hopes to have the projects completed by September first, so students won't be displaced like they were for several weeks at the end of the school year. The superintendent says one silver lining in the entire ordeal is that they will be able to make the front entrance safer, by adding things like a camera system. And the district was also able to start a $10 million summer energy conservation project earlier. It was slated to start in June, but crews were able to start about five weeks earlier. They're replacing the HVAC system, boilers, the roof and the heating system at the district's three schools.

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