Community to vote on MacArthur Elementary's future

By Jillian Marshall

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A year and a half after flood waters muddied MacArthur Elementary beyond repair, the future of the school rests in the hands of local residents.

Binghamton City School District leaders Wednesday night presented blueprints and plans to the community at Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The community will vote on the plans for the new MacArthur on April 15.

Among plans, the 120,000-square-foot building will be going green, with solar panels on the roof and radiant heat.

It also be built five feet above the 500-year flood plain.

With help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the local share of the cost will be a little less than $3 million. If approved, the average increase on local tax bills will be $6 per year.

Many of those in attendance Wednesday night, didn't seem to mind the price increase.

"I think it's a great project. It costs money, but unfortunately most things do. We're not just investing in the structure but into the community as a whole and into our young people," said Caroline Quidort, of Binghamton.

The school district needs 60 percent of the vote to rebuild the school.

There is a public hearing set for 6 p.m., April 8 at 164 Hawley Street. The public referendum vote is on April 15th at various locations.