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Owego-Apalachin Board of Education Gives Construction Update

Owego-Apalachin school board members say they are on track to open the doors of a new elementary school in the fall of 2015.

At Thursday's meeting, board members said construction is ahead of schedule for the Owego- Apalachin Elementary School which was destroyed in the flood of 2011.

In November, voters approved a referendum to authorize funding for the new school and construction began later that month.

The students from the elementary school are currently attending Linnaeus West Elementary School in Endicott, almost half an hour drive away for most students.

"We're really looking forward to bringing our kids home that are having to travel a pretty far distance, but we've also got a couple of other grades. Our 5th grade and our pre-k classes are also displaced. They're still here on campus, but they are without their home building. So the big goal would be bringing our kids home," said David Barton, president of Owego board of education.

Next week they plan to lay down the foundation. The new school will be built on fill four feet above the 500 year flood plain to protect the new state-of-the-art building from flooding.

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