Others In Need of a Bailout

Just saying.

Restoring Galveston’s public school district after Hurricane Ike is an enormous and expensive task, but Cleveland knows that functioning schools are key to bringing the island back to life. Families won’t move back if their children can’t go to class.

Most of the district’s 11 schools held up surprisingly well, but carpets were drenched; air-conditioning units needed repairs; and computers, library books and school buses were ruined.

Estimates put the cost of damage between $25 million and $45 million, Cleveland said, and the district’s flood insurance will cover only a sliver of that — about $11 million, or $1 million per campus.

Galveston ISD expects some reimbursement from the federal government, and Cleveland has assured employees they will get paid through the school year.

But tough decisions could come in the spring when administrators project how many teachers will be needed next year based on the number of students who have returned.

“We’ll see what our enrollment is, and then we’ll start that process if we have to to downsize,” Cleveland said. “For this year, everybody knows they have their job. They’ll have their benefits for the remainder of this school year.”

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6 thoughts on “Others In Need of a Bailout

  1. What a contrast from the public school system in New Orleans immediately after the Federal Flood.
    Why in HELL is it always Texas that has to trump us???

  2. have they indicated WHY their insurance coverage is so grossly inadequate?

  3. The insurance sux ‘cuz it’s Texas.
    Texas schools, particularly on the Gulf Coast, are highly susceptible to water damage. Not just from floods. They have a policy for ‘energy efficiency management’ that involves, usually, killing the AC at 4pm daily and then turning it back on full-bore about 730am daily. Thermal shock and interior condensation makes it rain indoors — literally — although usually it’s not visible rain except for the ‘sweat’ on the walls.
    Mold follows the way stupid follows greed or cowflop follows coastal hay.
    Until 2004, insurance companies paid for mold remediation as a result of water damage in schools or homes or commercial buildings in Texas. Then it got so the companies were expending significant funds — you know, up to a tenth of a percent of their income from premiums; can’t have that. So the companies started limiting what they’d cover — and now there’s a ‘cap’ on what they’ll pay for e.g. a school building even if it’s completely destroyed. Usually that ‘cap’ is about a tenth of a percent of the value.
    And that’s all legal thanks to the 2003 Texas lege, which thought it was doing consumers a favor ‘capping’ liability.
    Stupid Lege.

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