TARBORO, N.C. — Education leaders have agreed that the elementary school in a North Carolina town founded by freed slaves will be rebuilt and should reopen in fall 2018, two years after Hurricane Matthew flooded it.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the Edgecombe County Board of Education voted Tuesday to rebuild Princeville Elementary School. The vote elicited applause and tears.

Princeville Elementary students will continue to attend class in a family resource center until their school reopens.

The board specified that the school will be rebuilt with several hazard mitigation improvements, such as elevated air conditioning units. Officials say $270,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover those changes, while insurance will pay for the estimated $4 million for rebuilding.

Princeville was founded by freed slaves and chartered in 1885.


Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com