Baton Rouge
6767 Perkins Road, Suite 200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
(225) 769-0546
New Orleans
909 Poydras, Suite 1240
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 593-2615
Lake Charles
1811 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
(337) 214-6072
11801 Domain Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, Texas 78758
(512) 387-5948
7700 Windrose Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75024
(469) 209-1592

Recovery School District – Restoration from Hurricane Katrina

2007 to Present

Project/Program Value
$1.8 Billion

Services Provided
Program Management, Assisted in FEMA Grants Management and Closeout, and Project Management

In 2007, the Recovery School District (RSD) required a program manager to make funding decisions, and develop processes needed to expedite the obligation of disaster relief funding for New Orleans public schools devastated by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. As a result, RSD engaged CSRS, along with a joint venture partner.

Our Responsibility

In the program management role, CSRS implements disaster closeout operations and long-range closeout objectives while integrating Environmental and Historical Preservation program standards. We provide advice and guidance concerning grants, agreements, and disaster assistance determinations, analyze documentation and contracts to ensure compliance with federal program requirements, and facilitate meetings and negotiations with the grantee and stakeholders.

With a focus on federally funded programs, CSRS utilized our embedded policy-based Funding Team experts to manage the funding from many sources. These sources include the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The focus of the Funding Team is to identify additional damages, maximize reimbursements, maintain eligibility of project costs, and create a predictable flow of operating capital to fund the program.

The Funding Team led the effort to secure the $1.8 billion precedent-setting FEMA settlement for use in executing the City’s Master Plan.

The Project Management team uses these funds within the federal criteria and guidelines to ensure proper execution of the design and construction of the new schools within the district. We also use our experience and policy expertise to ensure the funds are not de-obligated during future audits. As one collaborative effort, the CSRS Project Management and Funding teams ensure successful execution of project delivery as well as funding and compliance management.

All of these specialized services are utilized to provide the most effective and efficient management of the design and construction delivery process for the schools. It is this type of personalized service that has enabled CSRS to successfully re-compete as the Program Manager for the RSD three times during the past six years.

We have been engaged in a supporting role with the Master Planning process from the initial planning meetings in 2007 through three iterations of Master Plan revisions. Through these intense planning efforts, we have supported the RSD with technical expertise and community engagement services.

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Jonathan Perret
Program Manager

Jonathan Perret has over 12 years of professional experience in Architectural Design and Construction Administration.  He has developed a broad skill set through career experience as an Architect in traditional practice and as an Owner’s Representative. His areas of expertise include design reviews, construction administration, code analysis, program analysis, contract documentation, specifications writing, proposal writing, project management, design team management, client development, and construction team management.


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