CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County school board is planning to ask state officials to help cover the $68 million projected cost of rebuilding two schools that were ravaged by floods this summer.

Charles Wilson, the Kanawha County Schools’ executive director of facilities planning, said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to fund at least 75 percent, and possibly 90 percent, of the costs of building the new Herbert Hoover High and Clendenin Elementary schools, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported (http://bit.ly/2d0s0DJ).

The school system hopes to ask the state School Building Authority for the remaining 25 percent or 10 percent this year.

Both schools were damaged so significantly by the late-June floods that neither of the buildings will be reopened, officials have said.

FEMA has also committed to paying at least 75 percent of the cost of establishing portable classrooms that will house Hoover High and Clendenin Elementary students until their new schools are built.

Renting, setting up and removing the portable classrooms will cost about $12 million to $13 million, Wilson said.

The SBA’s board is expected to vote in December on which counties will receive money in this year’s funding cycle.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.