- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - The Kanawha County Board of Education says that Clendenin Elementary was damaged so significantly by floods that it will not reopen and a new school will be built.

Media outlets report the announcement was made Wednesday, about a week after school officials learned the damage to Clendenin Elementary School from the late June flood equals about 97 percent of its $3.7 million appraised value.

Superintendent Ron Duerring says the school will be permanently closed, and students will go to Bridge Elementary School until a new school can be built. This means that, for a while, Bridge’s normal class size of 18 to 25 will jump to as high as 40.

The location of the new school hasn’t been discussed. Deurring says it will take years to build a new school.

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