State lawmakers announce plan to help schools impacted by flooding

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – State lawmakers have announced a plan to help schools impacted by flooding after Hurricane Matthew.

For some school districts, they had to cancel classes for 10 days because of flooding. Under state law, school districts have to have 180 days of instruction.

However, if a proposal passes, that requirement could be waived for some.

“It’s one thing if you make up school days if it’s a snow storm or there’s some other event, but this is a different event entirely,” said Rep. Greg Murphy of Pitt County. “People have lost their homes, schools have been flooded, businesses have been put out of business.”

The proposal would allow affected school districts to request a waiver of the number of days missed due to the storm.

Republican leaders were in Pitt County to announce the proposal Monday. They’re hopeful it will get bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

House Speaker Tim Moore said they also plan to help businesses impacted. He said funding shouldn’t be a problem.

“We have roughly a $1.7 billion rainy day fund that we budgeted for, so any state deficiencies that we come up with as far as needing money, we’ll have the money to pay for that,” Moore said.

Some schools districts have already come up with plans to make up the missed days. If the proposal passes, Moore said those plans wouldn’t be needed.

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