The Flood of 2016 damaged six schools and multiple school district facilities. The following information will be updated periodically in order to keep the public informed about our recovery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Maintain highest quality of education using available resources;
- Manage flood recovery construction and acquisition of resources for instruction while maximizing our position relative to FEMA reimbursement eligibility (Fiscal responsibility for today and the future of APSB);
- Include hazard mitigation in our flood recovery efforts to minimize facility damage in the event of another water related event in the future; and
- Develop a timeline that is aggressive but includes all priorities above.
1. What is the total value of damages from the flood?
- Early estimates are flood-related expenditures will cost between $80 million - $100 million.
2. How much will FEMA cover?
- If we follow all the rules and procedures, we should be eligible for up to 90% of expenditures reimbursed by FEMA.
3. Why are we not working on permanent repairs?
- We are on working on the design of our permanent repairs. In fact, the temporary building projects are not and have not been a delay to the permanent repair projects.
- As with our normal processes, FEMA requires us to bid these projects and follow a specific checklist. For example, design timelines range between 3-7 months, bid timelines are between 30-45 days, and construction timelines range between 6-18 months, dependent upon the scope of work. These projects are very detail-oriented because the flood caused widespread damage to flooring, walls, ceiling tiles, sewer, water, electrical outlets, gas, air-conditioning, ducts, kitchen equipment, all furniture and contents.
- Remember, one of our priorities is that building assessment for permanent repairs be comprehensive so that not only current students, but also future students, have a quality facility in which to attend school.
4. This is an emergency; why can’t you expedite permanent repairs?
- FEMA expects us to follow our typical permitting and public bid law processes, which have specific timelines. Expediting would jeopardize reimbursement. The value of our damages is so high, we cannot afford to pay for repairs out-of-pocket.
- Following our normal procedures will put us in the best position for full reimbursement from FEMA.
5. Why are we spending money on temporary buildings?
- When we learned FEMA would fund the temporary buildings as well as permanent repairs, we realized that path would be better than trying to temporarily repair the permanent buildings and make permanent repairs at a later date. Temporary buildings provide us a better resource for each school than the current host and platooning situation, which aligns with our number one priority to maintain the highest quality of education using available resources.
- The temporary buildings are not delaying repairs to permanent buildings because we have a set process to follow for permanent repairs. (see question 3)
- The temporary buildings will allow us to return to our campuses much sooner than making permanent repairs, so transportation and school hours will be back to normal as quickly as possible. This is important for our schools and the community.
6. Why can you not guarantee a firm date for moving to temporary campuses?
- In order for temporary buildings to be ready for schools to move in, multiple construction deadlines must be met including final installation of buildings; construction of walkways and ramps; connections for electricity, water and sewage; installation of technology; delivery of furniture; and inspection and permitting. The inspections will ensure that these buildings are safe and ready for occupancy. At all sites, work was delayed due to rain, which pushed back the building installation.
- For any construction project, you establish a target completion date in order to keep an overall goal in front of the multiple crews working on the project such as architects, construction, sub-contractors, inspectors and staff. A target date gives us something from which to gauge daily and weekly progress. Communicating an aggressive target completion date of Feb. 3, 2017, has allowed us to give the public information relative to our progress. For example, before the holidays we were on schedule to meet the target date. However, over the holidays, we experienced weather obstacles that threatened the target date and communicated that to you. Our crews are working hard to make up lost time, but it is still too early to gauge exactly when all work will be complete for each campus.
7. Why are we not installing temporary buildings on St. Amant Primary’s campus?
- There is not enough room on St. Amant Primary’s campus to support enough temporary buildings to house the entire school. Using the old RPCC site still accomplishes our goal of reuniting the entire student body on one site and moving to normal operating school hours.
- We plan to move students from RPCC to their permanent campus. The scope of work at this campus is such that we expect it to have the shortest timeline for permanent repairs.