The Ascension Parish School Board chose the Baton Rouge firm of CSRS to oversee rebuilding flood-damaged school buildings and seeking FEMA reimbursement dollars.

"For us to get maximum reimbursement, we need experts," Chad Lynch, director of planning and construction for Ascension Parish schools, told board members at a special meeting Tuesday.

The Baton Rouge firm was recommended by a selection panel of school district administrators. CSRS scored the highest in the panel's evaluation of 10 applicants seeking the work, Lynch said.

Following FEMA guidelines, the board looked at qualifications and a cost sheet of hourly contractor wages for particular types of work in scoring the applicants, Lynch said.

A contract with CSRS will be negotiated in the coming weeks. 

About $6 million of flood-remediation work by three national contractors at three primary schools, a middle school and a high school, as well as the district's distribution center in Sorrento, is drawing to a close and the district is looking at the next phase of recovery.

In a report to the board Tuesday, Lynch touched on the type of curriculum materials lost to the flood waters — everything from classroom sets of novels to computer devices — as well as miscellaneous losses, such as furniture, copiers, athletic equipment, mats for naps for the younger students, and band instruments.

Lynch also gave a rundown of the specific damage at each of the flooded schools: all buildings flooded at St. Amant Primary and Galvez Primary; all buildings, except the mechanical plant, flooded at Lake Elementary. 

At Galvez Middle School, all the low-lying buildings and both gyms flooded; the school's new administrative building, however, did not.

All low-lying buildings at St. Amant High Schools flooded, along with the mechanical plant. A bright spot there, Lynch said, was that the Freshman Academy and a new cafeteria and kitchen under construction on the campus did not flood. 

While the school district's data center, located in Donaldsonville, stayed dry, a technology warehouse in Sorrento flooded, with a loss of computer devices for students, classroom printers and other equipment, Lynch said.

A $1.2 million order for 1,000 Chromebooks and 1,000 Dell laptops for students has already been made, he said.

Superintendent David Alexander commended the Ascension Parish community and supporters from outside the area for "the courage that people have displayed and how folks have come together to help each other." 

At the close of the meeting, BASF presented the school board with $115,000 for the school district's recovery.   

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