FEMA Aid for Flood-Destroyed School

By Haley Burton

FEMA Aid for Flood-Destroyed School

December 14, 2012 Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) FEMA awards nearly $20 million to the Binghamton School District to build a new school to replace flood-damaged MacArthur Elementary School.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey's office announced the news Friday.

The district will get approximately $19.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the project. MacArthur Elementary was destroyed by flooding during Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011.

"After countless phone calls, stacks of paperwork, and months of hard work, I am happy to report that Binghamton will be getting a new elementary school to replace MacArthur Elementary," said Hinchey (D), U.S. Congressman representing the 22nd district, "Nearly $20 million has been awarded so far, making this project one of the largest Tropical Storm Lee recovery projects in New York State. The 500 students who attend this school and the teachers and staff who help them learn will have a new facility. That's great news for the families whose children will be able to continue their learning at MacArthur and great news for Binghamton taxpayers who will be spared the burden of shouldering all of these costs locally."

“With this approval behind us, we can now focus on working with our board members in developing a final schedule and budget in preparation for seeking that all important approval from our residents," said Steve Deinhardt, Assistant Superintendent at the Binghamton City School District.

The FEMA funding will cover approximately 75 percent of project costs. New York State has committed to paying 25 percent of eligible costs.

Hinchey's office says the preliminary estimated replacement cost includes emergency actions including asbestos and mold abatement, demolition of the facility, engineering and design work, and construction of a new permanent facility.

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