Students Get A Glimpse Of New Owego School
3/20/2013 (Updated 10:50:47 PM)Parents and current Owego Elementary School students got a look at what their new school will look like Wednesday night.
The design team, Highland Associates, revealed the plans for the new building which will be built where the old building currently stands--on Christa McAullife Lane. Superintendent of schools Dr. Bill Russell says some students have been traveling over an hour to a school in Union, where classes were moved to after the flood.
He says it's time for the construction to begin.
"The major difference, of course, because we are building on a floodplain, is we will be elevating that building," said Dr. Bill Russell, Superintendent of Owego Apalachin Schools. We are going to put it up on fill. It will be well above the 500 year floodplain, so we believe we are out of danger of a future flood."
They hope to open doors during the 2014-2015 school year. The price to construct the new school, as well as new administration and maintenance buildings adds up to around $50-60 million. Russell says that money will come from FEMA, the New York State Office of Emergency and if there are any other cost the New York State Department of Education will also chip in.
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