MacArthur principal positive on day of school vote

By Matt Porter

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As voters turned to the polls for a referendum on the new MacArthur Elementary School, principal Maria McIver is feeling positive about the project vote.

Monday's vote will decide whether the Binghamton City School District will move ahead on plans for a new $79 million MacArthur Elementary.

FEMA grants will pay 75 percent of the cost, and state funds will pay for another block.

The school district will be on the hook for $2.9 million.

The old MacArthur was destroyed in the 2011 flood.

The new school will be built on the same location, but most of the building raised higher than 10 feet above the ground to protect it from future flooding.

The school will also include energy and security upgrades.

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Eligible voters must be registered and have lived in the Binghamton School District for at least a month.

Locations of polling locations can be found here.