$25.22 Million in Mississippi Public Assistance for Coast School Repairs
Filed 6/29/06 GCN
Education is the major
beneficiary of an additional $25.22 million in Public Assistance grants
for Mississippi recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Public Assistance
reimbursement from FEMA for the state’s Hurricane Katrina recovery now
totals $1.37 billion.
Ten of the 11 newly funded
grants, worth $23.99 million, will repair or replace south Mississippi
schools damaged by the winds, rain and tidal surge of Hurricane Katrina.
- The largest single
grant, for $4.75 million, will be used to restore Gorenflo Elementary
School in the Biloxi School District. The school was inundated with six
feet of storm surge, which left mud and wet debris as the water receded.
Flooring, drywall, the cooling system and other building elements were
- A $4.55 million grant
will be used to restore the heavily damaged Nichols Elementary School in
the Biloxi School District. The entire first floor was inundated by the
tidal surge. Floor tile, ceilings, doors and all drywall up to 12 feet
high must be replaced, along with electrical and mechanical components
- Three projects worth a
combined $4.67 million will go toward rebuilding D’Iberville Middle
School on higher ground. The school’s damaged buildings will be
demolished, and cannot be rebuilt on the same site because of current
flood elevation and zoning requirements. The grants include $1.77
million for Building C (classrooms); $1.66 million for Building D
(classrooms); and $1.24 million for the gymnasium.
- A $4.47 million grant
was awarded to the Bay St. Louis Waveland School District to restore the
severely damaged North Bay Elementary School, Waveland Elementary
School, Bay Middle School and Bay High School. They all were flooded
with three to eight feet of water. The project will pay to remove the
contents and debris, clean and dry out the buildings; and then repair or
replace flooring, ceilings and mechanical systems as required.
- In a separate project,
$1.12 million in additional funding was approved for the demolition and
replacement of the severely damaged Elementary Center Building on the
Waveland Elementary School campus. This brings total funding for the
structure to $2.79 million.
- A $1.55 million grant
was awarded to restore Pass Christian High School. The school was
flooded with 15 feet of water that left debris and a sludge film
throughout the first floor. The Pass Christian School district removed
debris, then cleaned and disinfected the entire first floor immediately
after the storm.
- A $1.52 million grant
will help restore Magnolia Junior High School in the Moss Point School
District. The school was inundated with an average 38 inches of storm
surge that left debris and sediment behind, and damaged floors, walls
and other components. The building remains structurally sound.
- A $1.35 million grant
was approved to restore Pascagoula Central Elementary School. Storm
surge waters destroyed or damaged flooring, ceilings, doors, windows,
air conditioning systems and other building components.
- A $1.24 million grant
was awarded to the City of Biloxi to rebuild the city-owned Marina Point
lounge. The facility, situated over the waters of Mississippi Sound,
was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The grants are part of
FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides financial assistance to
state and local governments and certain non-profit organizations for
disaster-related clean-up and rebuilding efforts. The grants help rebuild
or restore buildings and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition. While
these grants are aimed at governments and organizations, their final goal
is to help a community and all its citizens recover from devastating
natural disasters. The funds are administered by the Mississippi Emergency