School board accepts bid to demolish MacArthur

By Jillian Marshall

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With demolition scheduled and asbestos abatement ongoing, MacArthur Elementary School is on it's way to opening it's doors again.

Binghamton's Board of Education Tuesday awarded a bid for $447,000 to Gorick Construction Co., which is set to begin tearing down the building at the end of this month.

Construction on the new school is scheduled to begin in January.

"We're excited because there is a lot of work being done that started with the abatement that Dakota Environmental is doing right now at MacArthur," said Assistant Superintendent Karry Mullins.

Parents and students can watch the process online, click here.

The school board also provided an update on Calvin Coolidge Elementary, saying the asbestos abatement is on schedule.

The cancer-causing substance was found in a crawl space of the building and students have been forced to attend classes at other schools.

They're due back to Calvin Coolidge in December.