MacArthur moves one step closer to recovery

By Brandi Bailey

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ahead of a vote on the construction of a new school, the Binghamton City School District is taking the MacArthur plan to the public wherever it can.

The Binghamton Rotary on Tuesday welcomed Assistant Superintendent Karry Mullins.

Mullins shared details on the project to replace the school that was destroyed in the 2011 flood.

It's a $77.8 million dollar project, with FEMA and state aid covering most of the costs. The district -- and its residents -- are responsible for $2.9 million.

Design plans include moving the school much closer to Vestal Avenue, building a retaining wall, elevating the building above the 500-year flood plain and moving the location of the track and playing fields.

"It's to inform the public of the process that's been involved to try to get our kids back to the neighborhood school and to build a new school," Mullins said.

A vote is set for Monday, April 15.

If approved, the new school should be ready to open by August 2015