Workers at the MacArthur Elementary School project site on Binghamton's South Side will be very busy over the next few weeks as the complex is prepared to be turned over to the city school district.

Karry Mullins, the district's assistant superintendent for administration, said November 16 remains the "substantial completion date" for the school.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Friday, Mullins said: "We're on target."

Many of the workers on the site will be putting in 10-hour days and some may work even longer to take advantage of favorable weather conditions.

Mullins said some things - like plantings - will be delayed until warmer weather in the spring.

Sidewalks and roadways are expected to be completed. The final surface to an access road behind the school won't be applied until spring.

The first group of students - those in grades three through five - are scheduled to move into the school on November 30.

The remaining students - those in kindergarten through second grade - are to start classes at the new site on January 4.

Mullins said the district has developed a "very ambitious transition plan." She said about 450 students and around 60 teachers and staff will be shifted from two temporary schools to the Vestal Avenue site.

An open house for families of MacArthur students is expected to be held on November 23 to provide an opportunity for parents to visit with their children before classes start in the new school.

VIEW the latest WNBF News photo tour of the new MacArthur Elementary School site here.

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