Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]A big celebration is in the works for the opening of a $72 million school in Tioga County.

Police and fire vehicles will escort about 14 buses in a parade to the new Owego Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

Owego-Apalachin School District officials say the buses will assemble at the Tops Plaza just east of the village at 9 a.m. The buses are expected to arrive at the school campus by 9:30.

About 485 Owego Elementary students have been attending classes at a temporary site in West Corners since their school was damaged by flooding more than four years ago.

When the buses filled with hundreds of children arrive at the new school, they'll be greeted by their teachers.

The 120,000-square-foot school was built on the site of the old building. District officials initially had hoped the facility would be ready by September, so students would have been able to start the school year in the new building.

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