The Louisa County School Board is making progress in its quest to rebuild Louisa County High School after it was significantly damaged two years ago this month when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Louisa County rocked the East Coast.
The school board awarded a $48.5 million contract to Barton Malow, which has offices in Charlottesville and Richmond, at a joint meeting with the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, July 25 to begin the process of rebuilding the high school.
Most churches, homes and businesses that were damaged in the quake have been repaired or rebuilt, but the students and teachers at Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary schools have adapted to mobile classrooms until a more permanent solution could be reached.
“They’ve been hanging in there really well,” Dr. Deborah Pettit, superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools, said.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. With construction well underway at TJES, students will be able to attend the new elementary school in August 2014.
High school students will begin attending in the new structure the following year, with the graduating Class of 2016 being the first to complete their public school education there.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Central Virginian.