School Leaders Look To Demolish And Rebuild MacArthur

By Jenna Hanchard

May 8, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 4:12 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of the oldest schools in the City of Binghamton remains vacant after flood waters ravaged city's south side some eight months ago.

Tuesday, school district leaders met with parents and neighbors to talk about the future of MacArthur Elementary School.

School officials hope to demolish MacArthur School and rebuild the school in the same location.

Leaders provided parents and teachers with a timeline of the process to rebuild the elementary school.

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

FEMA plans to cover 75% of the cost.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Deinhardt says, right now, FEMA is expected to pay about $35 million.

This will cover clean up, abatement and rebuilding the school the way it was before the flood.

These costs however are preliminary.

The school has plans to include the community in the rebuilding process.

"We really need for the board to sit down with our architects. They will talk about what is the real time frame that they will do this and what is realistic based on the challenges in front of us but the board of education really has to weigh in on that with the architects," said Deinhardt.

Meanwhile, parents want to know when their kids will be back in MacArthur.

Alissa Salas said, "Their vision that they have, I agree with it completely but is it a vision that is likely going to be for our children's future or is it going to be a vision for after our children are in middle school. How many years is this vision going to take?"

That vision is something that leaders discussed Tuesday.

They're looking to make the building environmentally conscious and engage students in the energy performance of the building.