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Students, parents and faculty of the Binghamton's MacArthur Elementary School will gather for an end-of-school-year celebration with an eye to the future.

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The event will be held Thursday at MacArthur Primary School on Aquinas Street on the city's West Side.

MacArthur Elementary students were last able to attend classes in the same building 1,000 days ago. Then, a flood damaged their Vestal Avenue school on the city's South Side.

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The temporary primary school was established at the site of the former Saint Thomas Aquinas School. The temporary intermediate school has been operating at the former Saint Francis of Assisi School in Hillcrest.

At Thursday's get-together, the MacArthur School "family" will celebrate the future, looking to the planned opening of a new school facility now under construction on Vestal Avenue.

The event will feature a barbecue lunch and music by Jared Campbell.

City school district officials have said they remain cautiously optimistic that the new MacArthur building will be ready for classes in September 2015.

Construction on the project was delayed for months while the district awaited final project approval from the State Education Department.