- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - Students from schools impacted by recent floods in West Virginia will be hosted by other schools this coming school year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2aI1E2I ) reports that Bridge Elementary School will host students from Clendenin Elementary School starting Wednesday after June’s floods closed down Clendenin Elementary.

Clendenin Elementary School Principal Vanessa Brown said Bridge Elementary School turned its cafeteria into a classroom on Friday. The classroom is expected to host 75 students and three teachers.

Bridge Elementary also suffered damages to its facilities. Most of the doors in the building had to be removed, so the school is now using a thin sliding door to give people privacy in the hallway restroom. Bulletin boards have also been removed due to concerns over mold.

The student-teacher ratio at the school will be 25-to-1.

“We’re overstaffed,” Brown said. “We’ll have a lower student-to-teacher ratio once we get the portables.”

Elsewhere, Elkview Middle School also will be hosting students from a different school, as the campus will host students from the shuttered Herbert Hoover High School.

Classrooms will be used by middle-schoolers in the morning and high-schoolers in the afternoon, until temporary classrooms can be set up.

“There will be a few bumps and things we’ll have to rein in,” Elkview Middle School Principal Missy Lovejoy said, “but I think we’ve looked over every major thing and mediocre thing that could possibly come up.”

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


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