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FEMA questions Kanawha’s portable classroom plans

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by F. Brian Ferguson Clendenin Elementary School was destroyed by the June 23 flood that also destroyed Herbert Hoover High School.

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by F. Brian Ferguson
Clendenin Elementary School was destroyed by the June 23 flood that also destroyed Herbert Hoover High School.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bridge Elementary and Elkview Middle schools, each with extra students enrolled from flood-destroyed Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High, might never see the portable classrooms that Kanawha schools officials had planned to use.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked Kanawha County Schools last week to consider alternatives to portable classrooms because of how expensive it would be to use the units for such an extended time while replacement schools are built, according to Charles Wilson, the Kanawha County school system’s executive director of facilities planning.

Wilson said the cost of using portables would top $12 million.

He added that no situation is being overlooked, including one scenario where the county would bus students to different schools until Clendenin and Hoover schools can be built…

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