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Owego Elementary School Construction Delay


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The building of a new school in Owego to replace the flood damaged Owego Elementary School has hit a slight snag.

The Owego Apalachin School District has been unable to award three construction contracts for electric, plumbing, and environmental systems for the new facility.

The school board was able to award a 24-point-five million dollar general construction contract. 

The New York State Education Department took issue with wording in the bid for the environmental and electric portion of the project while missing information from the plumbing project was later submitted. Even with the inclusion of that portion of the plumbing bid, the district decided to rebid that plumbing contract as well along with the HVAC work.

It’s expected the second round of bidding will be complete and the rest of the contracts awarded by the end of March.

The school is still expected to open in fall of next year.

Students who normally would attend Owego Elementary have been attending classes on the Owego Apalachin campus or bused several miles to a former Union Endicott School District school building in West Corners since OES was destroyed in the 2011 flood.

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