Schools hosting students from flood-damaged schools in WV

Inside flood-ruined high school - courtesy WSAZ
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) β€” UPDATE (8/9/2016):

Students from schools affected by recent floods in West Virginia will be hosted by other schools this upcoming school year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Bridge Elementary School will host students from Clendenin Elementary School starting Wednesday after June's floods closed down Clendenin Elementary.

Clendenin Elementary School Principal Vanessa Brown says Bridge Elementary School turned its cafeteria into a classroom on Friday. The classroom is expected to host 75 students and three teachers.

Elkview Middle School will also be helping students from a different school as the campus will host students from the shuttered Herbert Hoover High School.

Classrooms will be used by middle-schoolers in the morning and high-schoolers in the afternoon, until temporary classrooms can be set up.

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The Kanawha County Commission released information Friday regarding the damage to Herbert Hoover High School after it was flooded on June 23.

On Saturday July 9, Officials from FEMA, the WVa. Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the Kanawha County floodplain manager visited the school to conduct a property damage assessment for the school.

The assessment is done through the Substantial Damage Estimator which factors in the square footage of the school, tax assessed value, and the estimated damage.

Based on the information gathered, it shows that the school was damaged at a 70.09 percent.

A letter from the county's floodplain manager to Superintendent Ron Duerring of Kanawha County Schools puts that 70 percent in perspective: the cost of the estimated damage is $12.3 million and the fair market value of the school is $17.55 million.

If the damage assessment is under 50 percent, the Kanawha County Commission would not have to enforce proper compliance to FEMA guidelines, according to a spokesperson. If it exceeds 50 percent, as it does in this case, the commission is required to ensure that FEMA requirements are met.

Kent Carper, the Commission President, said: β€œIt is with great regret that we have notified Kanawha County Schools that Herbert Hoover High School exceeds the 50 percent substantial damage rate. This will result in a significant disruption on these high school students as they work to complete their class work to obtaining their high school diplomas and prepare for their lives beyond graduation. We will work with the Kanawha County Board of Education to assist them in order to minimize the impact this will have on their upcoming school year.”

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WHSV's past coverage of of the 2016 West Virginia flooding is online [ here ].

WHSV has info about donating funds or supplies to the relief effort online [ here ].

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