NC starts to assess the damage to schools
North Carolina Schools losses from Florence Worse than Hurricane Matthew
North Carolina’s public school insurance fund has allocated $40 million for school districts and community colleges damaged by Hurricane Florence. This incredible amount of money is almost 3 times the $14 million the fund set aside for Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. The report came from an officiation that informed the state’s board of education last week.
The fund’s director, Eileen Townsend, said, “This hurricane has produced claims in excess of what the fund has ever seen before.” The fund has already received 125 claims some of which are for millions of dollars. Officials fear the number of claims will continue to rise as the damage from Hurricane Florence continues to be assessed.
In related news, Governor Roy Cooper recently directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Find to help speed up school repairs damaged by Hurricane Florence. “Students need to get back to learning and educators need to get back to teaching, but many school districts can’t afford the repairs schools need,” Gov. Cooper said. “The lives of thousands of students, teachers and families are on hold and they need our help to recover.”