A New MacArthur Elementary?

By Brennan Smith

A New MacArthur Elementary?

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Architects present their vision for the future of MacArthur Elementary while the district waits for FEMA to make a final decision.

The school was decimated in September's floods, taking in several feet of water.

FEMA has determined that the building has achieved a fifty percent threshold.

This means that it will cost more than half of its value to repair.

The district is still awaiting FEMA's final word on funding, although they anticipate FEMA will cover 75 percent of the new school.

"The news that we're pleased about tonight also in reporting is the SED has looked at our demographic study as well as our capacity study and they are feeling very strongly that we meet the eligibility for rebuilding the school based on the information they have," said said Steve Deinhardt, Assistant Superintendent of Administration.

A top priority among the presenting architects, a new building would be environmentally conscious.

It would create a net zero fossil fuel building that would engage students and staff in the energy performance of the building.