FEMA grants nearly $3 million for West schools

FEMA grants nearly $3 million for West schools

WEST, Texas (AP) - Federal emergency officials have announced a grant of nearly $2.8 million to help schools devastated by a plant explosion in a Central Texas town.

An April fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people and wrecked 3 of the West Independent School District's four schools. The district had sent most of the affected students to nearby Waco for classes.

On Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a grant that includes money for temporary classrooms and administrative buildings to replace those destroyed or damaged in the explosion. Under a cost-sharing formula, FEMA reimburses the state for 75% of the total costs while the state covers the rest.

Federal officials previously rejected $40 million in disaster aid for the schools. Insurers had offered just $20 million of the district's $59 million policy.

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