Conceptual layouts of new Elk River schools presented to residents

Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 8:04 PM EST
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It was a packed house at the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday night as Kanawha County School leaders talk about the future of schools destroyed by flooding in the Elk River Community.

Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary School were both destroyed in the June 2016 flooding.

Parents and other community members had the chance to see conceptual layouts of new Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary.

Project leaders say these are not final plans. What they are currently doing is showing how they can accommodate schools and amenities at sites being considered.

In July 2016, Superintendent Dr. Ron Duerring said that the School Board would be searching for 50 to 70 acres of land, outside of the flood area, while still in the Elk River community.

In January 2017, WSAZ reported there are are two front-runners for those locations. For the new Herbert Hoover High School, the land is along Given Fork. For the new Clendenin Elementary, it is along Hokie Lane.

However, Wednesday night, there was talk about a location just south across the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness Church which is just a little bit outside of Clendenin city limits on Wolverton Mountain.

Architects told the crowd Wednesday night that the ideal schedule would see the completion of new Clendenin Elementary school in mid-2021 and new HHHS in 2022. While that is the best-case-scenario leaders warn there are still several planning phases and studies -- all of which must happen first.

The estimated cost for the new high school is $80 million and $30 million for the elementary school.

One the project is complete Clendenin and Bridge Elementary Schools will be housed under one roof.

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