Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today announced grants totaling over $8.4 million to assist with the rebuilding of schools in Cameron Parish after Hurricane Ike. The grants, which were awarded to the state of Louisiana by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are for several buildings in the Cameron Parish School Board System.
“Rebuilding our schools in Cameron Parish is essential to the long-term recovery of the region after Hurricane Ike,” Boustany said. “Education will play a key role in preparing our next generation of leaders to guide the future of the parish and the state. I am very pleased that these funds have been allocated and will continue to work toward a full recovery in Cameron Parish.”
“The students of Cameron Parish will benefit significantly from this extensive FEMA grant for contents lost to Hurricane Ike,” said Stephanie Rodrigue, Superintendent of the Cameron Parish School Board. “The funding will reimburse the system for equipment, materials and supplies that have been previously been purchased, assisting with the general fund cash flow and allowing more dollars to touch students. Through the efforts of our congressional team, FEMA continues to partner with the Cameron Parish School Board in addressing the myriad of recovery issues that remain.”
Boustany has spearheaded recovery efforts along the Louisiana coast in the wake of several recent hurricanes. He has also played a key role in rebuilding coastal wetlands and strengthening the coastline in order to protect Southwest Louisiana’s citizens and resources.