MacArthur Elementary School celebrates rebuilding

By Julianne Peixoto

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Members of MacArthur Elementary School celebrated the rebuilding of the school Thursday afternoon.

Students bounced in bouncy houses, played video games, watched a musical performance by Jared Campbell and most of all, enjoyed being together as a group.

Complete togetherness has been a rarity for the students the past few years since the school flooded in 2011.

Since then, the student body has been divided between two temporary schools.

Students, faculty and parents reunited this afternoon on Vestal Avenue to celebrate the new MacArthur Elementary, set to open September 2015.

"It's going to be the go-to school, it really is," said MacArthur Principal Maria McIver. "They have not left anything unturned with regards to making it a 21st century school."

The new MacArthur will be a green school, complete with security cameras and indoor playgrounds.

The celebration event was completely funded by the Binghamton Charities Rotary.

Certain precautions have been taken during the new school's construction to prevent detrimental damage from a future flooding.

When an Action News reporter asked how the school will be different, a group of kindergarteners yelled "It's gonna be on stilts!"