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Binghamton Awaiting State OK For School Project

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Binghamton City School District officials continue to wait for final state approval for the MacArthur Elementary project.

Work on the South Side school has been on hold because the State Education Department has been reviewing some technical aspects of the planned school.

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District voters approved the project nearly a year ago.

Superintendent Marion Martinez says the district is hoping to hear from the education department within the next few days.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Martinez said the target date for classes to start at the new school remains September of next year.

Martinez said some construction activity at the site now is expected to begin in April, shortly after the school board awards bids.

The superintendent is expressing optimism that there will be only a “slight delay” in completing the school, even though the project has fallen months behind schedule.

Although district officials are concerned about the construction time line, Martinez said there are no “specific plans” yet in place in the event the school’s not ready on time.

MacArthur students have been attending classes at two temporary sites since their school was damaged by the September 2011 flood.

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