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Most of the school districts in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina are preparing to reopen schools in the coming weeks.

Louisiana
District/Enrollment Reopening Date Damage Report
New Orleans/60,000 Some schools may reopen by January All but eight of 126 New Orleans district schools sustained major damage. Most of the damage has not been determined. Floodwater was being pumped from city.
Archdiocese of New Orleans(Catholic)/49,500 Some schools to reopen this month Jefferson Parish Catholic schools expected to open Oct. 3. Orleans Parish schools won't reopen at lease until January. St. Bernard Parish schools are closed for school year.
Jefferson Parish/51,650 Some schools to reopen Oct. 3 Nine of 84 schools must be rebuilt; 11 have little damage and will reopen soon. Two administrative buildings were destroyed; another suffered significant damage.
St. Tammany Parish/34,000 Oct.3 Five of 51 schools are currently unusable. Administrative employees were to report to work Sept. 19; teachers are scheduled to start Sept. 26.
St. Charles Paris/9,600 Sept. 15 All 19 schools suffered some damage, none of it major. All have reopened. District is asking motor-home owners to make their vehicles available to district employees who can't return to damaged homes.
St. Bernard Parish/8,800 No date set All 15 schools are believed to be flooded. Parish remained flooded last week. district officials haven't been able to assess damage, but estimate it will reach $100 million.
New Orleans-area independent schools/6,000 Christ Episcopal reopened Sept. 12; nine of 11 other independent schools to reopen in January. One school, St. Paul's Episcopal School, was severely damaged by flooding. Many others suffered only wind damage.
Plaquemines Parish/5,000 Planning to reopen in January Six of nine schools were flooded; roof of one and a section of another were blown off. Three other schools had minor damage. Plans to reopen with all students attending the campuses with minor damage.


Mississippi
District/Enrollment Reopening Date Damage Report
Harrison county/13,300 Between Oct. 3 and 14 Three of the district's 18 schools were severely damaged and will likely close for the school year. Some schools will operate on double shifts, and portable classrooms will be used.
Pascagoula/7,500 Between Oct. 1 and 17 Unavailable
Biloxi/6,200 Sept. 26 Two of 11 schools closed for the school year for repairs. Students at closed schools will attend neighboring schools in the district.
Gulfport/6,200 One elementary school scheduled to reopen Oct.3 Some damage to district's 11 schools, but building will open in coming weeks.
Ocean Springs/4,600 Sept. 26 All of the district's eight schools sustained at least some storm damage. High school football game slated for Sept. 17.
Long Beach/3,300 Oct. 3 Severe damage to one elementary school. District's four other public schools had some damage.
Bay St. Louis-Waveland/2,200 Not announced Unavailable
Pass Christian/2,000 Between Oct. 3 and 14 One of four schools is in rubble; two others are badly flooded. District schools will reopen in portable classrooms at Delisle Elementary School, which was moderately damaged.


Alabama
District/Enrollment Reopening Date Damage Report
Mobile County/66,900 Most schools in 101-campus district reopened Sept. 12 Damage to schools estimated at $12 million or more. Middle school with destroyed roof may be torn down. Students attending another school on double shifts.
Baldwin County/26,500 Schools reopened Sept. 6 All 46 schools opened after emergency roof repairs. Openings delayed by fuel shortages, power outages.

Vol. 25, Issue 4, Page 18

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