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Kanawha board hires Hoover architect, Crawford relative; no bats found

The Kanawha County Board of Education Wednesday hired away an architect on the new Herbert Hoover High who’s also a board member’s relative, and heard no protected bats were found on planned properties for Hoover and the consolidated Bridge/Clendenin elementary.

The elementary school is expected to open in fall 2020, and the new Hoover school in fall 2021.

Charles Wilson, the county school system’s executive director of facilities planning, said he doesn’t expect the absence of bats to move up completion by an entire school year, but perhaps could allow a mid-year finish.

The school board voted 4-0 to hire Charleston-based Williamson Shriver Architects employee Andrew Crawford, effective Aug. 13, as one of the county’s two facility planning coordinators. Board member Jim Crawford, who recused himself from the vote, said Andrew Crawford is his brother’s grandson.

Carol Hamric, Kanawha’s human resources executive director, said that, per Kanawha’s salary schedule for coordinators, Crawford’s starting salary is $65,579 per year. The salary annually increases, reaching $72,386 if he stays through a sixth year, then staying there until the 22nd year, when it starts growing again to max out at $79,362 after 35 years in the role.

The board also voted to transfer Sharon Dawes Elementary Principal Natalie J. Vaughan to the Bridgeview Elementary principal role, effective July 26, and transfer Riverside High English teacher Christina L. Young to a Stonewall Jackson Middle Title I curriculum assistant principal role, effective July 19.

Board members also accepted the resignation of Drew McClanahan, brother of new South Charleston High Principal Paul “P.E.” McClanahan. Hamric said he’s leaving to work for the state Department of Education.

Wilson is retiring July 31, but said he’ll still be working for the school system for an undetermined amount of time. He said his hourly rate will be the same as his current one.

He said he’ll continue working on the planned schools, but also that “I’ll be glad to help out with anything,” including the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan all counties must develop.

“We just have a big workload going on,” Wilson said, saying he’s going to start out working “maybe one or two days a week at the most, probably, I am retiring. And we’re just going to do this through the design and bidding phase, and then when we get into construction I don’t know if I’ll still be retained.”

Wilson said “I’ll just be available until the projects that I’m currently working on have worked their way through.”

Chuck Smith, a coordinator under Wilson, is taking Wilson’s position, and Crawford is moving into that vacancy.

“He’s worked on a number of other school projects throughout the state,” Wilson said of Crawford.

The former buildings for Clendenin Elementary and Hoover closed after damage from the June 2016 flood. Students for Bridge and Clendenin elementaries, set to be consolidated, currently share facilities at Bridge’s location.

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Funerals for Sunday, January 26, 2020

Barker, Betty - 2:30 p.m., Lisa Curry Building, Chesapeake.

Brammer, Cebert - 6 p.m., Tornado Apostolic Church, Tornado.

Bright II, William - 2 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Carnes Sr., Homer - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Coombs, Robert - 2 p.m., Greene - Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Craigo, Cecelia - 2 p.m., Gatens - Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Escue, John - 4 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Floren, Barbara - 3 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Jones, Ruth - 2:30 p.m., Pence Springs Community Church.

Legg, Edwin - 2 p.m., Tipton United Methodist Church.

Nagy III, Alex - 3 p.m., Berry Hills Country Club, Charleston.

Truman, Jack - 3 p.m., North Charleston Baptist Church, Charleston.

Wilson, Larry - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Workman, Susan - 2:30 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.