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The estimated $117 million cost to rebuild schools in West, Texas can be cut in half

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WEST, Texas -

The estimated $117 million cost of rebuilding schools destroyed by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas can be cut in half, according to school officials in West.

West Superintendent,  Marty Crawford told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the district's construction manager now estimates a rebuild cost of about $50 to $60 million. The higher estimate came in the early days after the April 17th explosion that killed 15 people.

The insurance company and school are still negotiating a final payout for the destroyed parts of three schools. The insurer's first offer was to pay about $25 million. The school district initially submitted a proof of loss of about $53 million.

Federal aid is also expected to help pay for the rebuilding. Portable classrooms now temporarily serve as a location for the older students to go to school.

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