- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island elementary school that sat in the path of a lava flow will reopen next school year.

The state Department of Education said Monday officials are planning to reopen Keonepoko Elementary School now that lava is no longer an immediate threat to the area.

The department built a $9 million alternate site at Keaau High School in anticipation of lava hitting the elementary school. The department closed Keonepoko in October as the lava advanced, rerouting students to other area schools and the temporary site.

The adjustments affected 1,700 students and 300 employees.

Hawaii County Civil Defense informed the department that based on current information, lava is no longer headed to Pahoa.

Slow-moving lava from Kilauea volcano crossed a country road at the edge of Pahoa on Oct. 26.

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