The Victoria school district will receive a $657,000 grant to repair campus roofs that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, the district announced Monday.

Shawna Currie, spokeswoman for VISD, said the school district applied for a grant in May from the Rebuild Texas Fund, a relief effort created by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and OneStar Foundation. The Rebuild Texas Fund is a separate effort from the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas and the Texas General Land Office – Texas Rebuilds.

The Victoria school district is one of 56 education and child care entities that received grants from the Rebuild Texas Fund. This is the only grant the school district has received from the organization.

Crain and Vickers elementary schools, as well as Stroman Middle School, sustained roof damage during Harvey and were all denied by insurance, Currie said.

The grant will go toward replacing the roof of the main building at Vickers Elementary and the library roof at Crain Elementary. Any funds left over will go toward replacing the roof of the practice gym at Stroman Middle School, Currie said.

There is no timeline set yet for the roof replacement, Currie said.

“It’s great that the Rebuild Texas Fund has provided these resources to Victoria ISD and other schools and entities to help recover from the hurricane. This is a huge benefit to be able to get all of our projects completed and get all of our campuses back to 100 percent,” Currie said.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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