Kanawha County portable classrooms almost ready for first day of school

The portables at Elkview Middle School will be the home for Herbert Hoover High School students this year. (WCHS/WVAH)

It's been a year since the devastating flood washed out two Kanawha County Schools.

This year hundreds of students in the county will be starting the school year off in not only a new building but several portable classrooms.

The portables are almost finished at Elkview Middle School, which will be the home for Herbert Hoover High School students this year.

"Right now the final touches are being put on those portables. The decking is up," said Briana Warner, Kanawha County Schools Communications Director.

Further down the road, more portables are set up at Bridge Elementary School.

In May, Clendenin Elementary students moved into those buildings.

"I think staff have done a great job of getting these students ready in these new classrooms. A lot of times they are just as high functioning as a normal classroom," said Warner. "Some of the teachers are actually missing the tighter corridors because they were able to team-teach, and the students were able to mix with a lot more students and they made a lot of friends,"

The need for classrooms to house the students during school hours was apparent after the flood, but now Warner said the students still need basic school supplies.

"Some of the needs that we still have moving forward are what you would typically think of especially for our little ones: crayons, colored pencils, felt tip markers, glue, tape, composition notebooks," Warner said.

While the portables may take a bit for students to get used to, Warner said they aren't permanent and the district is in the final stages of picking out two new locations for schools in the county.

This week Eyewitness News' "Tools for Schools" supply drive kicked off with BrickStreet Insurance.

You can help donate supplies for the students in Kanawha County Schools.

For more information on the supply drive, click here.

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