School District seeking FEMA aid to recover winter storm costs

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

The Georgetown County School District is filing a claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover some of the expenses associated with Winter Storm Pax in February.

Bill Crompton told the School Board on Tuesday night that the district is about halfway through the application and if approved, FEMA would reimburse 75 percent of what the county spent, which is around $60,000 so far.

The county has filed a $66,000 claim.

Getting the money could take about a year, Crompton said. That’s how long it took after Hurricane Hugo.

The district’s cost includes $50,104 in administrative costs, $3,776 to move frozen food and $3,221 to replace spoiled vaccines.

Crompton said Georgetown County has filed a claim for more than $4.6 million with FEMA.

Other business

The School District is having no luck trying to sell the former site of Pleasant Hill Middle School.

Lisa Ackerman told the School Board that since last June there have been interested parties who have come to inspect the site, but no bidders.

The School Board agreed to lower the minimum bid from $50,000 with a $75,000 reserve, to $25,000 with no reserve.

The former school sits on 11 acres.

The School Board approved expanding the “Students in the Word” program into Waccamaw Middle School.

The program, which provides religious studies for students off-campus, is already in place as an elective course at Waccamaw High School.

Transportation expenses are paid for by the program. The high school students study at All Saints Church. The middle schoolers will go the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Helen Jones, interim chair of “Students in the Word,” said they’d like to start with one seventh- and one eighth-grade class each semester next school year, with about 80 students split between the semesters.

Waccamaw Middle principal Jamie Curry told the board she supported the program, and said the same bus that transports the high school students could be used to take the middle schoolers.

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