Arbitration: FEMA must pay Bay-Waveland schools

JACKSON, MS (AP) - An arbitration panel says the Federal Emergency Management Agency should give the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District a $6.9 million Hurricane Katrina disaster grant.

The district wanted the money to repair damages at schools, and had already received $59 millions in grants.

According to the arbitration opinion, FEMA said there was no proof Katrina caused some of the damage to roofs and windows. FEMA also claimed siding could be repaired instead of replaced.

The arbitration panel disagreed. It said the damages were caused by the 2005 storm.

The building was re-inspected last June.

The panel ordered FEMA to pay for the replacement of metal roofs at a high school and middle school, windows at the middle school and elementary school and siding at the high school.

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