Rebuilding MacArthur Elementary

By Adam Chick

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 7:22 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A tentative design for the new MacArthur Elementary school could be a little over a month away.

According to the architects doing the design work, there are many ideas to make it even better than it was before it was devastated by September's flood.

One priority is to make the school as flood proof as possible. The school board and architects also want to design the school in a way to make it adaptable to future technologies. The designers are considering all aspects, ranging from student input to suggestions from the school board.

"We had a school in place that was flooded with a lot of memory invested into it. As well as a lot of energy, literally. And to know that and understand it and work with it rather than just removing it and wiping the slate clean we think is respectful not only from a sort of sustainability or green design perspective, but also in terms of the health of the community," said Peter Larson of Ashley McGraw Architects.

He said their goal is to make it a place where children look forward to spending school days.

FEMA plans to cover about 75 percent of the cost, although there is still no word on when students will be able to return to the classrooms.