West, TX — The independent school district for West took a big blow this week when news spread that FEMA would not be helping them. The superintendent is now planning on organizing in an effort to reapply.
The explosion caused an estimated $230,000,000 in total damages. The school district alone bears $57,000,000 of that.
Both the middle school and the intermediate school were rendered useless after the April 17th fertilizer blast.
The football field that was used as a triage following the explosion also needs replacing.
Students of the two schools have been going to a makeshift campus near Connally High School.
The goal is to have every West ISD student back in their hometown by the start of the fall semester.
“We’ve been getting a lot of bad news throughout this entire process," said Marty Crawford, superintendent of the district. "We’re still resilient and until somebody flat out says we want nothing to do with you anymore, we’re going to continue to try and engage them in the in support of our efforts here in West.”
FEMA’s denial is not absolute. The district plans to reapply for assistance soon.