EDISON - Demolition work is underway at the James Monroe Elementary School, a little more than a month after a fire destroyed the building.

Heavy equipment and construction workers started work on the building on Sharpe Road yesterday.

Officials say crews should have the 50-year-old building demolished in about five weeks. Crews will reportedly work between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday since the school is in a residential neighborhood. 

A new school is expected to be built on the site next year.

The school was destroyed by a multi-alarm fire on March 22. Jerome Higgins, the school’s head custodian, has been charged with improperly discarding a cigarette in a school trash can. He's been placed on administrative leave.