Parents, staff and students will work alongside a local architect in leading the multimillion-dollar rebuild of the primary campus in Broome that was partially destroyed by a deliberately lit fire earlier this year. Four classrooms, a meeting room and a storeroom at Broome Primary School were reduced to nothing but ashes in January after being torched by a prison escapee in what has been described one of the darkest days in the town’s history. Total damage to the school, which has a rich and diverse history dating back more than a century, was confirmed in court last month to be $5 million. Students had to start their school year at different primary schools in January, with several learning from demountable classrooms once it was deemed safe to return. The rebuild of Broome Primary School reached a major milestone last week when local company Engawa Architects was appointed to lead the project and a construction date was set for mid-2021. A consultation group made up of school community members, parents and staff will work together with EA to ensure the final design reflects an authentic Broome style. Education Minister Sue Ellery last week announced the State Government would spend $2.7 million on the rebuild, with the remaining cost to be covered by insurance. A new administration building will be included in the project. Ms Ellery said she hoped it would provide a sense of excitement for the people affected by the destruction. “I know the students, staff and the wider Broome community were devastated when a fire ripped through this beautiful and historic school,” she said. “Through the project consultation group, the school community will have an opportunity to ensure the facilities are best-in-class and reflect the heritage nature of the school.” Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer said she was pleased the traditional style would be retained at the school, which was an important part of the community. More than 400 students are enrolled from kindergarten to Year 6 at BPS. Broome woman Maude Dixon, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage by fire and one count of escaping from custody in relation to the incident in April. She is awaiting sentencing and will next appear in court in October.