$6.98 million grant awarded to Harrison County schools

U.S. senators Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Representative Steven Palazzo, announced the award of $6.98 million to the Harrison County School District to complete a roof hardening project at eight schools impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

The grant is an extension of the over 42 million dollar grant that will upgrade and harden every roof in the Harrison County School District. Eleven school roofs are already either completed or in the process of being completed.

This grant will provide wind protection on 19 approved school campuses which can be used as shelters of last resort during emergencies.

Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill tells News 25 the district has to pay just five percent of the project which he says saves tax payers in our area a ton of money. “It is valuable, not only for our buildings, but to extend the life of the buildings, to help in the repair of that, but when it comes down to 23 million versus the one million that the taxpayers of our community don’t have to foot the bill. It is huge and I’m very pleased to continue that.”

Gill says the grant will help prevent further damage to these buildings if a hurricane or storm comes through.

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