“We anticipated that offer might not be exactly what we wanted. Everybody has had insurance claims before. Sometimes there is a little gap between what you think your car is worth versus what the insurance company gives. It’s a very similar situation. Just a lager scale,” said Hillsborough County School District COO Chris Farkas.
The district says they’d like to preserve the historic building, but that could end up being even more than a total redo.
“It’s a little bit heartbreaking that the school couldn’t get all the money that they were expecting,” said Frick.
The district is hiring it’s own engineers and builders to see what the options are. And they’ll negotiate with the insurance company to try and get more money.
Students from Lee are now sharing a campus with Lockhart Elementary. And it appears things will stay that way next year too.