School begins on Wednesday for students in the Binghamton school district, and for the last two years, nearly 450 students have been attending other schools due to flood damage at MacArthur Elementary School. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us about the district's plan for the upcoming school year.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Faculty and students from MacArthur Elementary School are preparing for another year at their temporary locations.
Over the last two years, students from MacArthur have been split into two different locations after their school was flooded during Tropical Storm Lee. Students in kindergarten through second grade are at St. Thomas, while students in third through fifth grades are at St. Francis.
According tot he Assistant Superintendent, the transition period has been a team effort.
"Although that these locations are not optimal, they are smaller than they are used to and they don't have the facilities that they have, they just worked together to make it a community at those locations," said Karry Mullins, Assistant Superintendent.
Earlier this year, plans to rebuild the elementary school were approved. Demolition on the new school should begin in October, while construction is expected to begin in January.
Officials are hoping to unveil the new school in 2015.