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Louisa will cut ribbon on post-quake school

Louisa County Public Schools will close a chapter of its post-earthquake recovery Monday with the unveiling of the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building, which was constructed on the original school’s site, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Louisa.

The event will feature remarks from members of the Board of Supervisors and the county School Board. Attendees be able to walk around the school following the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

A statement from the school division said the magnitude-5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011, “caused Louisa County Public Schools to lose 40 percent of student capacity in seconds,” as it left both Thomas Jefferson and Louisa County High School “compromised beyond repair.”

Since 2011, Thomas Jefferson has been a modular campus on the soccer field of Trevilians Elementary School. The two schools had to share space in the cafeteria, gym and classrooms of Trevilians while the new building for Thomas Jefferson was under construction.

Staff have been operating from the new Thomas Jefferson throughout the summer. The first day of the 2014-15 academic year in Louisa County will be Wednesday, Aug. 13.

The larger modular complex housing Louisa County High School will remain occupied until the school’s new building is completed. It is slated to open in August 2015.

Dawnthea Price: 540/374-5403