PATERSON - Students and teachers at Paterson's School Number 4 headed back to school Thursday for the first time since the school was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

The school sits just blocks away from the Passaic River. When Hurricane Irene hit, the river overflowed and completely flooded the school's basement.

The school had to shut down all year as repairs were made. The 600 students attended classes at two other schools.

The building now has a brand new boiler, electrical and fire alarm system, and all new wiring throughout the first floor. There's also fresh paint on the walls and extensive reconstruction.

The school expects to enroll about 700 kindergarten through eighth­-graders this year.