The Edison Township (N.J.) district is preparing to open a new elementary school building to replace on destroyed in a 2014 fire.
WNBC-TV reports that the rebuilt James Monroe Elementary campus is scheduled to welcome students on Jan. 3.
"We turned what seemed a tragic situation into a seamless, positive transition to a new school building," Edison Superintendent Thomas O'Malley said in a letter to James Monroe parents.
The old school, built in 1963, was destroyed in a March 2014 fire. An investigation concluded that the fire probably was caused by a cigarette discarded by a custodian, but prosecutors did not have enough evidence to bring charges.
Following the fire, the district was able to move displaced students to a vacant Catholic school, St. Cecelia's, in Woodbridge Township. Classes have been held there since then.
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