MacArthur plans moving forward
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- With a little more than a month to go in the school year, district officials in Binghamton are already looking to what lies ahead for some elementary students next year.
The future of the flood-damaged MacArthur Elementary School was the topic of conversation at a special meeting Tuesday evening. The Binghamton superintendent and other officials met with parents, faculty and staff of the school to discuss what they would like to see as MacArthur is rebuilt.
Returning to the Vestal Avenue site is still a long ways away, as the district must still finalize a plan before the design phase can even begin, but school officials say work on reconstructing MacArthur is moving along.
"We're making real progress with FEMA, we've signed six out of 14 project worksheets at this point and by signing those worksheets, those are critical because what that does is activates and sends a review to Washington, which inevitably triggers money coming back to the state," said Assistant Superintendent Steve Deinhardt.
No time table has been established for demolition or construction at MacArthur and students will likely remain at the temporary St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi locations next year.