FEMA and West ISD in talks again to help rebuild

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 1:18pm

When FEMA denied assistance to the town of West and its school district earlier in June, many in the community railed against the agency for falling back on President Obama's original word to do 'everything possible' to help. But, it seems as if FEMA is re-evaluating its decision to not help the school system.

A FEMA architect, along with state officials, toured the West Middle School Thursday to evaluate damage.

The school district alone bears nearly $57,000,000 in damages.

The West Intermediate School has been deemed a total loss and is set to be destroyed.

When FEMA first denied the district monetary assistance, Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford kept calm and said they would reorganize and apply again.

Thursday's walkthrough was certainly a good sign for a school district that is trying to get back to the way things were.

“The great thing about all this is that the school district and FEMA have tried to stay out of the political fray," said Crawford. "We’ve kept our eyes on the target and that is to get our kids back in school. And, that’s what FEMA is trying to do as well and we sure do appreciate it.”

Class resumes in less than two months.



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