Virginia County Says Goodbye to Quake-Damaged School

May 16, 2012

Louisa County, Va., said goodbye to an elementary school that was damaged by last year’s earthquake.

The Daily Progress reports that Louisa County Public Schools held a closing ceremony for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School last Friday, where several generations of area students were educated.

School officials plan to demolish the school next month and build a new one. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $3.2 million to help pay for the new school, which is expected to cost about $13.7 million.

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011, was centered in Louisa County. Students have been attending classes in temporary facilities.

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