State Schools Superintendent: Much progress, much work remains following Hurricane Florence

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) On the six month anniversary of Hurricane Florence North Carolina's Superintendent of Schools spent the day talking about Florence recovery efforts.

Superintendent Mark Johnson spoke to WITN by satellite from Raleigh about how there continues to be plenty of work left to do to get schools back to where they need to be here in eastern Carolina.

Johnson says that since the storm $95 million has been made available to local school districts to help schools reopen.

We asked him how the state intends to make good on some politicians message of rebuilding smarter for the next storm. He responded by discussing the $2 billion the state is looking at taking out on loan.

Johnson says, "Especially if it is the bond that goes to voters I will be out campaigning for that because I want the people of North Carolina to know we will be very wise with the dollars and make sure it's needed most. But the need is real, the need is great and it is because we need to help eastern North Carolina stronger than ever before and really provide those opportunities to all students."

Johnson also took the opportunity to encourage educators to apply for the Florence Aid to Students and Teachers Grant -- or FAST NC, which works with local school systems to identify needs and direct funding.