Bay District Schools holds public workshop on rebuilding efforts

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It will cost about $300 million dollars to repair and restore schools damaged by Hurricane Michael in Bay County.

Bay District Schools held a workshop Tuesday discussing plans to rebuild. Director of Facilities Lee Walters said they are evaluating more than 400 buildings in the district.

Walters said their biggest projects are Rutherford High School, Merritt Brown Middle School, and Bay High School. Bay High School alone could cost $20 million or more to restore.

According to Walters, the biggest priority now is roofing. Then, they will focus on repair the interior of the buildings.

”The end result that we're focused on is making the most of the opportunities that FEMA funding presents to end up, whether it's 3-5 years down the road, that we end up in a better place we were before the storm,” said Bay District Schools Director of Facilities Lee Walters.

Walter said many students will be in portables at the beginning of the year and then will move into classrooms when they are rebuilt.

Students go back to school on August 12.

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