FEMA Approves $11 Million in Recovery for Panama City Schools
Schools certainly weren’t spared in Hurricane Michael’s devastation, and in response, FEMA recently approved nearly $11 million – in the form of four important projects – for recovery efforts related to Bay District Schools. Schools are obviously critical to their communities, and this funding will go a long way toward helping the area provide its students with the schools and education they deserve. If your home or other property was damaged by Hurricane Michael, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Panama City insurance claims attorney on your side.
The recent grants were funded by the Public Assistance program within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which represents an essential funding source for communities that are in the process of recovering from those disasters and/or emergencies that are declared as such by the federal government. In addition to the $50.7 million already approved by FEMA for the Bay District Schools’ hurricane relief, the recent funding ups the total grant amount to $61.7 million. The state’s own Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) worked closely with FEMA throughout the grant process and will be reviewing each applicable project before obtaining final approval from the federal agency.
Those Projects Served
The grant money received will be used to reimburse Bay District Schools for permanent repairs made to all of the following schools:
- Springfield Elementary School
- Jinks Middle School
- Tyndall Elementary School
The funds will also go toward replacing those school contents that were damaged as a result of Hurricane Michael at Merritt Brown Middle School, including items such as filing cabinets, school desks, chairs, and other furnishings.
The physical damage wrought by Hurricane Michael on Bay District Schools was immense, but further financial damages were affected by a precipitous decline in enrollment. According to the district’s website, all of the following apply:
- 3,679 students left the district as a result of Hurricane Michael.
- The district lost $12.4 million in revenue due to decreased enrollment.
- The district predicts that it lost nearly $25 million over the course of the 2019-2020 school year due to decreased enrollment.
As a result, the district has had to take all of the following steps:
- Close schools in the district
- Implement a spending freeze across the district
- Let 228 employees go
- Consolidate schools
Bay District Schools were clearly hit hard by Hurricane Michael, but the recent grant funds should allow the district to continue moving forward toward a full recovery.
It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Panama City Insurance Claims Attorney
If your home, property, or business was damaged by Hurricane Michael, the dedicated Panama City insurance claims attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, are on your side and have extensive experience helping clients like you successfully recover on their financial damages – in their entirety. For more information about our legal services, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 850-684-4000 today.