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Westside Elementary School flood update

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Westside Elementary in Scott will be closed until January of 2018 while the school undergoes repairs from the flood. Westside Elementary in Scott will be closed until January of 2018 while the school undergoes repairs from the flood.
SCOTT, La. -

FEMA and insurance will cover most of the amount to repair Westside Elementary School in Scott. 

In August of 2016, the school sustained extensive damage from the widespread flood event experienced throughout Acadiana. The school system chose to repair Westside rather than replace it with a new facility. After considering both options, the school system administration, along with consulting architects and engineers, determined they could transform the existing facility into a brand new school for less cost and in a shorter time than opting for an entirely new structure.

The first consideration was that the school's frame, roof, and foundation are all sound and were unaffected by the flood. The second consideration was that the school system wanted to provide a sound learning facility while at the same time maximizing the insurance and FEMA reimbursements, saving the tax payers millions of dollars.

The bid for the repairs is $5,229,000. 

The repairs will also include upgrades to current codes and standards and include improvements that will mitigate future flooding damage. Westside was built in the 1950s and parts of the school were not up to code when the flood hit.  

Currently, the site is undergoing asbestos and lead abatement. Reconstruction will commence within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, a temporary school is located on the campus of Scott Middle School and N.P. Moss Preparatory School. The buildings for the temporary school have been delivered, and the school will be ready for occupancy in August of 2017.

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