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Louisa Schools evaluates engineering reports

Press release:


Gregory V. Strickland, Chairman, Louisa County School Board

Dr. Deborah D. Pettit, Superintendent, Louisa County Public Schools

Willie L. Gentry, Jr., Chairman, Louisa County Board of Supervisors

Robert C. Dubé, County Administrator



October 26, 2011


Contact: Jaclyn O’Laughlin

Public Information Specialist, Louisa County Public Schools

Phone:  (540) 894-5115



Louisa, VA-On Friday, October 21, the County of Louisa received an independent report of damages that were sustained at Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary following the earthquake on August 23, 2011 and subsequent aftershocks.


We are currently evaluating this report as well as one which was received from the school’s insurance company on Thursday, October 20. No repair efforts are planned until the insurance coverage is finalized and the Federal Emergency Management Agency acts on the request for public assistance sent by Governor Bob McDonnell late Friday evening, October 21. It is important to note that this request is separate from the governor’s appeal of FEMA’s decision to deny individual assistance for the more than 1,400 homeowners affected by the earthquake (a total of $18.3 million in damage to residential properties only). Public assistance is associated directly with publicly owned facilities, such as county government offices and school buildings.


Site work on the modular high school has already begun with tree removal and trenching for water and sewer lines. The first set of trailers will arrive by the end of this week and will be staged outside of the Louisa County High School facility and off-site at the Virginia Department of Transportation Residency in Louisa. All units should be installed by December 15, at which point walkways will be added, and furniture will begin to be moved into the mobile classrooms.


The opening date of the modular high school is scheduled for February 1, 2012 in order to meet the required hours and accreditation standards set by the Virginia Department of Education. Louisa County High School and Louisa County Middle School students will resume a normal schedule and attend school five days a week, Monday through Friday. The modular high school is being placed in the parking lot in front of and adjacent to the existing Louisa County High School facility.


Once the figures and data are finalized from the independent engineering report, more information will be released.




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