Port Chester Schools To Receive Money For Sandy Damages

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Port Chester schools will receive almost a full refund for costs related to Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Justin Stock

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Port Chester schools will receive a near-full refund for costs related to Hurricane Sandy.

School Board President James Dreves said the district will not lose any additional money from damage to roofs on district buildings, areas with stone work, or spoiled food.

“We had a lot of damage, and we took care of all that damage,” said Dreves.

“It was a pretty significant expense, but the good news is the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal is going to pay us pretty much everything in damages we incurred other than the $5,000 deductible,” he said.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Maura Mcaward said in an email that the district received $114,401.22 in reimbursements out of an estimated $116,317.66 it submitted to NYSIR, minus a $5,000 deductible. That means the district will only be required to pay a total of $6,916.44.

The reimbursement covers the cost of an architect and engineer to assess the damage, tree work, employee overtime, heating, a ventilation and air conditioning a system, computer and equipment use at a pro-rated rate.

“It really sends a good message to us that we don’t have to outlay extra money because of Hurricane Sandy.”

Dreves announced the news at the school board’s meeting last week.

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