Possible locations announced for new schools in Kanawha County

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Published: Jan. 19, 2017 at 10:29 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The impact of last summer’s flooding continues to be felt in Kanawha County where education leaders met Thursday to discuss new locations for affected schools.

There 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.

Neither location has been approved just yet.

In other business, school board members approved a contract with PCS and Manage Inc. to oversee the process of building the two new schools. That company was selected by the School Building Authority. It will provide construction management services, including estimates and setting a construction schedule.

The company will report to both the school board and the SBA during the build.

Meanwhile, the modular classrooms for Clendenin and Herbert Hoover are almost ready to be put into place. It was disclosed Thursday that a majority of the portables are built and the county is now waiting for foundations to be laid.

The classrooms for Clendenin Elementary students should be in place by March 1. Herbert Hoover’s classrooms are expected to arrive in mid-March.

But board members say after the portables are installed, the county will still need an additional 30 days to put the finishing touches -- like fire extinguishers, white boards, and furniture -- into the classrooms.

Meanwhile, there is a new social media policy in place for Kanawha County Schools, which the board passed tonight.

We first told you about it in November when it went up for public comment. The new policy says employees cannot post defamatory or discriminatory statements that would violate school policies.

It also says the school district can monitor anything on a school-issued device and they can also go through a personal device if it's logged onto the county's WiFi. The policy is clear when it states there should not be an expectation of privacy.

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