Educ. Code Section 48.261
Reimbursement for Disaster Remediation Costs
(a)This section applies only to a school district all or part of which is located in an area declared a disaster area by the governor under Chapter 418 (Emergency Management), Government Code, and that incurs disaster remediation costs as a result of the disaster.
(b)During the two-year period following the date of the governor’s initial proclamation or executive order declaring a state of disaster, a district may apply to the commissioner for reimbursement of disaster remediation costs that the district pays during that period and does not anticipate recovering through insurance proceeds, federal disaster relief payments, or another similar source of reimbursement.
(c)The commissioner may provide reimbursement under this section only if funds are available for that purpose from:
(1)amounts appropriated for that purpose, including amounts appropriated for school districts for that purpose to the disaster contingency fund established under Section 418.073 (Disaster Contingency Fund), Government Code; or
(2)Foundation School Program funds available for that purpose, based on a determination by the commissioner that the amount appropriated for the Foundation School Program, including the facilities component as provided by Chapter 46 (Assistance with Instructional Facilities and Payment of Existing Debt), exceeds the amount to which districts are entitled under this chapter and Chapter 46 (Assistance with Instructional Facilities and Payment of Existing Debt).
(d)A district seeking reimbursement under this section must provide the commissioner with adequate documentation of the costs for which the district seeks reimbursement.
(e)The commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section, including rules:
(1)defining “disaster remediation costs” for purposes of this section, which must include the cost to repair or replace vehicles or computers damaged in the disaster; and
(2)specifying the type of documentation required under Subsection (d).
(f)Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commissioner may permit a district to use amounts provided to a district under this section to pay the costs of replacing a facility instead of repairing the facility. The commissioner shall ensure that a district that elects to replace a facility does not receive an amount under this section that exceeds the lesser of:
(1)the amount that would be provided to the district if the facility were repaired; or
(2)the amount necessary to replace the facility.
(g)This section does not require the commissioner to provide any requested reimbursement. A decision of the commissioner regarding reimbursement is final and may not be appealed.
Section 48.261 — Reimbursement for Disaster Remediation Costs,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.48.htm#48.261 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).