KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Kanawha County school board members gave the green light Wednesday to take steps to acquire a nearly 35-acre tract for a new Clendenin Elementary School to replace the one that was destroyed by flooding in 2016.
The board passed a resolution to give its employees and attorneys authorization to take steps to “take all reasonable and necessary” actions to obtain the land in a mountainous area owned by Vesta Oil & Gas Holdings LLC on Jordan Creek and Island Branch in the Big Sandy District.
“In moving this forward, we want to immediately start to positively expedite the process of rebuilding our schools lost to flooding. This resolution moves us forward on the first purchase in a series of purchases related to our effort,” a statement from the board said.
School officials have said the new Clendenin Elementary is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021, while the new Herbert Hoover High School is slated to open in the fall of 2022.
Clendenin and Bridge elementary students currently share space at Bridge and in portable classrooms.
Meanwhile, Herbert Hoover High School’s students are mostly in portable classrooms near Elkview Middle School.
Funding for the new schools will mostly come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
No site has been officially selected yet for Herbert Hoover.