NEW ORLEANS, La.—The Archdiocese of New Orleans is set to receive $25 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Louisiana Recovery Authority to repair five Catholic schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The money will repair eight buildings at five schools in Orleans Parish.
Katrina damaged more than 30 archdiocese facilities, and since the 2005 storm, the archdiocese has experienced an enrollment decrease of more than 9,000 students.
Once recovery work is completed, officials say the five repaired schools will accommodate the student population of other archdiocese schools that have not reopened since Katrina.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he is grateful for the assistance and plans to make a public accounting of how the money will be used.