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Bid accepted by Kanawha County Schools for Clendenin Elementary portables

During a special session, Kanawha County's Board of Education approved a bid for portable classrooms to be built at Bridge Elementary. The goal is for Clendedin Elementary students to have their own space again when they return from winter break. (WCHS/WVAH photo)

During a special session, Kanawha County's Board of Education approved a bid for portable classrooms to be built at Bridge Elementary. The goal is for Clendedin Elementary students to have their own space again when they return from winter break.

Kanawha County Schools Executive Director of Facility Planning Charlie Wilson it's a tall order to get the portables done and ready to go by Jan. 2, the deadline Advanced Modular Spaces Inc has given.

They will be building the portables off site and sit 8 feet off the ground. Concrete pads, electrical and sewer lines will go in outside of Bridge Elementary first.

"The rear of bridge elementary is in what's known as a flood way. We're prevented from putting anything in the flood way. So they are going to be out front," Wilson said.

The board accepted the lowest bid which came in at $2,040,976. That price tag includes installation, rent for four years and the break down of the new portables, until a replacement site is found.

"It's going to look a little different, we're just trying to meet all the codes and requirements of FEMA and the state to make it happen," Wilson said.

Wilson said after working with the community and department of highways, traffic flow will have to be reworked.

"We're not going to have much of a parking lot by the time this is done. So we are looking at possibly parking along the right away of the highway and then also one of neighbors has offered their property," Wilson said.

FEMA is still expected to cover 75% or 90% of funding, while the West Virgina School Building Authority will cover 25%.

"It's a very aggresive schedule and we will be watching to see how they are doing and monitoring it as it goes on, have periodic meetings with them," Wilson said.

Once approvals are given from a few state agencies, construction can start.

"We all know that these famalies and the community needs to be made whole again, so that's what we work on every day." Wilson said

Bids for Herbert Hoover High School portables open on Nov. 7.

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