Owego elementary designs unveiled

By Erika Mahoney

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After many months of work, parents, students and community members got the first look at the design plans for the new Owego Elementary School.

The new school will be built in the same place as the old one -- which was destroyed in the September 2011 flood -- but it will be raised above the 500-year flood plain in an effort to prevent a similar disaster.

The new building includes plans for an auditorium and additional space for special education.

"It's very nice and it has a lot of features that are just up to date and meet the needs that our old building didn't have in terms of space for programs like special education," Owego Elementary School Principal Laurie McKeveny said.

The Owego-Apalachin Central School District says the building will also be more energy efficient.

"This new building ... will save us a great deal in operating expenses and also will model to our children and our community and anybody else who looks at it, the need to have sustainable, energy efficient buildings as we construct them," Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell said.

School officials say the new building holds a lot of promise.

Meanwhile, designs for the new administration office and maintenance building -- also damaged in the flood -- are underway.

Demolition of the existing elementary school is scheduled for sometime in April, with site preparation and construction to follow.

The goal is to have students in the new building by the spring of 2015, Russell said.