District: New school location makes most finanical sense

By Brandi Bailey

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Schools officials continues what's become a daily campaign to get voters behind the project to rebuild MacArthur Elementary.

Administrators are hosting public forums and media conferences to inform city residents and share design plans.

The old MacArthur flooded in September 2011, and its future has since been in question.

The new school would be moved closer to Vestal Avenue and approximately five feet above the flood plain, with the ground floor sitting 11 to 13 feet higher than the old school.

"We really feel for the citizens of this city to make an educated decision they need the facts so we have attempted that anytime a concern has been raised to do a Q and A and put it on our website and make sure no stone is unturned, so people vote feeling very comfortable whether they support or they don't," said Superintendent, Dr. Marion Martinez

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New York state are covering most -- $74.9 million -- of the nearly $77 million cost to rebuild the school.

The remaining $2.9 million would come from district residents. If approved, the average property tax increase would be approximately $6 per $100,000 in assessed value.

The vote is Monday, April 15.