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Weekend Reads: A decade after Katrina, Louisiana to phase out Recovery School District

Chalmette High School in New Orleans was heavily damaged following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thanks in part to $53.7 million in FEMA funds, the school was repaired and underwent a state-of-art-expansion that included an athletic complex, more classrooms, a cafeteria and cultural arts center.
Chalmette High School in New Orleans was heavily damaged following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thanks in part to $53.7 million in FEMA funds, the school was repaired and underwent a state-of-art-expansion that included an athletic complex, more classrooms, a cafeteria and cultural arts center.
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