A referendum has been scheduled for next month to authorize a funding plan for a new Owego Elementary School project.

The old school was damaged by the flooding that occurred two years ago.

Owego-Apalachin School District officials say residents are being asked to approve borrowing to cover a portion of the cost of the new building.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News [June 9, 2013][/caption]Demolition of the damaged school started in June. The site was cleared after crews worked for several weeks.

School superintendent William Russell says "real construction" on the site could begin soon after the financing has been authorized by voters.

With anticipated reimbursements from the federal and state governments, Russell says local taxpayers would face no additional new taxes as a result of the school construction project.

Plans for the new elementary school call for the structure to be built as much as four feet high in an effort to avoid future flooding issues.

Owego Elementary students started another school year last week attending classes at a Union-Endicott School District building in West Corners.