SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Ill. has been awarded $863,745 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for temporary classrooms and office space as a result of damage caused by the June 1 to July 22 severe storms and flooding.
Flood damage to the building was severe enough that it was considered a health and safety risk for the students and faculty and it can not be occupied until extensive repairs are made. FEMA has been working with Martinsville School officials since early August and approved the grant Thursday, August 21.
Projected costs from the applicant are for $863,745 to be provided by FEMA and $95,972 from Martinsville. This includes costs for construction of the foundation, installation of plumbing and utilities and rental costs for the modular units.
"It's sad that their school was damaged to the point that it's unusable," said Libby Turner, FEMA federal coordinating officer. "It's important that the students have a safe and comfortable building to attend classes and we're doing everything we can to make it happen."
Three modular units are scheduled to be delivered the first week of September. The first will house eight classrooms, the second will house six classrooms and the third unit will house office space for the faculty. Approximately 200 students from the seventh to twelth grade will attend school in the units.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.