First Lady Donna Edwards is working with the Louisiana School Board Association to assist flood damaged schools with repairs and supplies. LSBA Executive Director Scott Richard says at this point, about 20 schools were severely damaged during the rainstorm.
“The bulk being in East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, Central Community School District, City of Baker, one in Vermilion Parish, and one in Lafayette Parish.”
Visit the LSBA Fund for Restoring Schools GoFundMe page to donate. Richard says mold in the schools is an issue but the biggest problem is teachers and school employees are struggling to get back up and running when it comes to an actual place to live. He says they created the campaign to help local school districts.
“Our goal is to get those dollars to the superintendent who can trickle those dollars down to school level and make sure that those kids who are returning, those teachers that are returning, have the necessary basic supplies.”
The East Baton Rouge School System and Central Community Schools are set to resume classes after September 6th, but Livingston Parish has not made a decision yet. Richard says they’ve raised right about $8,000 over the last few days. He says it’s unfortunate that we’re losing instructional time but they understand how many families have been affected.
“We want to make sure that when school does get back up and running that we are in the best position that we can be in as local school systems to provide the services that are needed for a safe learning environment.”