Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Board OKs Social Media Policy

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Board OKs Social Media Policy

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In unanimous votes, Kanawha County's school board finally approved Thursday a "social media policy - an alteration of a previously proposed, criticized version - and OK'd a contract for construction management services on the schools that are planned to replace the flood-damaged Herbert Hoover High and Clendenin Elementary schools. Charles Wilson, the Kanawha public school system's executive director of facilities planning, also said Thursday that Hokie Lane appears to be the leading site for the new Clendenin Elementary, and Given Fork (also known as "the church parcel) appears to be the leading site for the new Hoover facility. He said final decisions on locations haven't yet been made.

He said the temporary portable classrooms for those schools' students now are expected to be installed sometime around March 1 for the Clendenin Elementary children and sometime around mid-March for the Hoover students, though it could be April or later before the school system is ready to move students into them.

"We're gonna get in there as soon as they'll let us, Wilson said.

Since their school year started in August, Clendenin Elementary students have been sharing the Bridge Elementary building with its students, while Hoover students have been attending classes at the Elkview Middle building in the afternoon while the middle schoolers attend classes in the mornings.

Wilson said the two new schools are projected to cost a combined roughly $77 million, with an expectation that at least 75 percent will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 25 percent by the state. The construction management services contract was awarded to PCS & Manage Inc.

Wilson said the firm was required by the state School Building Authority, which is involved with the FEMA-funded school rebuilding projects. He said PCS & Manage will receive about $1.2 million through the design phase, and an additional payment will be negotiated and paid to the firm for the construction phase.

In other business, Kanawha's new "social media policy has a scope beyond what its title may imply to users of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It says "Social media can be engaged in by various ways, for example, through text messages, instant messages, and email.

After an official first reading of the policy at its July 21 meeting, the Kanawha board posted it online for a public comment period, which normally lasts 30 days. …

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