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Contract Awarded to Replace New Jersey School that Burned Down

Officials have picked a contractor to build a school in central New Jersey to replace one that burned down.

Edison School Superintendent Richard O'Malley told the Home News Tribune the district received ten bids before settling on Dobco Inc. of Wayne to build a new James Monroe Elementary School.

The project is expected to cost about $28 million and be completed by August 2016.

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Groundbreaking will take place on May 15.

Police investigators believe the 2014 fire started after a cigarette that a janitor had smoked in the school ignited in a trash can and spread throughout the school.

The janitor was fined $200.

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