Kanawha preps for kids from flood-closed schools

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson Staff members at Elkview Middle School sort through classroom items that were placed in staging in the school cafeterra on Monday afternoon. The school year will begin on Wednesday.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson Staff members at Elkview Middle School sort through classroom items that were placed in staging in the school cafeterra on Monday afternoon. The school year will begin on Wednesday.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson
Staff members at Elkview Middle School sort through classroom items that were placed in staging in the school cafeterra on Monday afternoon. The school year will begin on Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The staff at Bridge Elementary School built a classroom on Friday.

“We started with a blank slate of clean wax and built a classroom from scratch,” said Vanessa Brown, Clendenin Elementary’s principal.

The classroom — which was a cafeteria last year — will host 75 fifth-graders and three teachers.

“This is like taking a trip back to the ’70s,” Brown said. “This is the way we started our careers.”

It’s just one of the many accommodations that Brown and Bridge Principal Cynthia Cummings have had to make as they prepare the school for the upcoming school year, after floods closed Clendenin Elementary. The Clendenin school suffered damage totaling up to 97 percent of its value.

But Bridge wasn’t free of flood damage either…

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