Hays CISD to be reimbursed millions for storm repairs

Insurance saved Hays CISD from having to pay more than $2.8 million for repairs after February's winter storm.
Insurance saved Hays CISD from having to pay more than $2.8 million for repairs after February's winter storm.

Insurance saved Hays CISD from having to pay more than $2.8 million for repairs after February's winter storm.

The February snowstorm that crippled power grids and caused burst pipes across much of Texas damaged 25 of Hays CISD's facilities, which resulted in $2,820,453 in expenses for restorations, repairs and replacement services.

The HCISD board of trustees voted during its March 29 meeting to ratify the procurement of such services from various vendors to cover the storm's property damage.

According to officials, HCISD was insured under the Texas Association of School Boards. TASB will reimburse the vast majority of expenditures, minus a $25,000 deductible.

"We pay everything, and then TASB reimburses us on a very timely 30-day type manner. They're very quick," HCISD Chief Operating Officer Max Cleaver said. "We will only owe that $25,000 deductible—one deductible on the $2.8 million."

District 4 trustee Merideth Keller applauded district staff for the impact of the relationships they had built with contractors, which she said resulted in faster repairs.


The largest expenses being reimbursed included a $1,537,419 bill from Belfor USA Group Inc. and $770,756 to SI Mechanical LLC.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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