U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-LA, recently was informed by an Obama Administration official that FEMA will announce it will award the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District a lump settlement of $1.8 billion for damages suffered during Hurricane Katrina.
A provision in the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill written by Sen. Landrieu authorizes FEMA to provide a single payment for K-12 schools damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The provision also reduced penalties for insufficient flood insurance and alternate projects, which yielded more than $500 million in savings for Louisiana schools.
The lump sum payment will make it possible for children in New Orleans to attend state-of-the-art educational facilities, accelerate community recovery and give local leaders the ability to rebuild New Orleans’ school system in a comprehensive and strategic manner, instead of using an uncoordinated and piecemeal approach.
RSD and OPSB asked FEMA to provide a single payment for reconstruction of New Orleans schools.