Say Goodbye To Portables Within 10 Years

Kanawha County school board members, parents and teachers are becoming weary that portables (once called temporary classrooms) have become nearly permanent solutions to overcrowding.

There are thousands of classrooms in the state that are separate from a main school building, says Dr. Mark Manchin, the executive director of the state School Building Authority.

The Legislature recently passed a law to eventually require all schools to control and monitor access to buildings. “This is hard to do with portables,” Manchin said.

Portable classrooms can be World War II-era barracks or even mobile homes dressed up to hold classes.

Dr. Manchin says his authority is now giving a higher priority to schools with projects that get rid of detached classrooms.

Students in Kanawha County now attend classes in about 70 portable classrooms.