Redmond schools get FEMA funds

Redmond School District will receive more than $464,000 in federal funding to reimburse costs for snow removal during a January 2017 winter storm.

The $464,648 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant was announced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

“These much-needed funds will help Redmond recoup some of the costs of last winter’s snowstorms,” Merkley said in a press release. “Our schools can’t budget for surprise weather events, and our students shouldn’t suffer when they strike.”

The grant for removing snow from the roofs of Redmond school buildings comes in addition to the $1.1 million grant awarded to Bend-La Pine Schools earlier this month that will cover costs for engineering evaluations and snow removal that the district incurred after heavy snow collapsed of the roof of the gym at Highland Magnet School at Kenwood.