Local schools to get more than a million

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 25, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Public and private schools in Natchez will be getting $1,022,375 in Hurricane Katrina reimbursement funds for the first three periods of the school year.

They&8217;ll get additional money based on the number of evacuees still in the schools on April 3, but that amount is not yet known.

Each school had to file evacuee enrollment numbers from four periods, one in October, December February and April. Private and parochial schools had to submit a form signed by the child&8217;s parent for each evacuee they reported. All schools were reimbursed a certain amount for each student, more for special education students.

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The Natchez-Adams schools will receive $835,625. The district&8217;s reported October number was 497, but the April number has dropped to 166.

Adams County Christian School is getting $12,750 for nine original evacuees. The number has dropped to three now.

Cathedral will get $123,750. The parochial school reported 73 evacuees for the first month. Twenty-two were reported this month.

Holy Family Catholic School is due $16,000. In October Holy Family had 12 evacuees, now they have three.

Trinity Episcopal will receive $34,250 for 19 evacuees in October, six now.

All federal Katrina dollars are distributed through the public schools. The money is part of the Hurricane Education Recovery Act.

For each regular education student in the schools in October, the school received $750. Special education students garnered $937.50 for their schools. Students still enrolled in December and February brought their schools $1,000 per regular education student and $1,250 per special education student.

Thursday, the Natchez-Adams School Board approved a request to advertise for a mobile unit to be placed at Frazier Primary. If a final purchase is approved, the unit will be paid for by Katrina reimbursement dollars, Superintendent Anthony Morris said.

&8220;Frazier is at capacity in enrollment,&8221; Morris said.

The school was large before Katrina, with the addition of evacuees a new class was created. An existing mobile unit is already being used. The new unit &8212; if purchased &8212; would provide two more classrooms. Frazier houses first- and second-graders.

In other business, the school board accepted a bid from Ransom Construction for $11,875 to paint and repair a bathroom at Robert Lewis Middle School that was damaged by fire earlier this year.