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Louisa to Reopen Trevilians Gym, Making Progress on Other Schools

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Louisa County is just a day away from re-opening part of an elementary school closed by last year's earthquake. It is a moment marking progress in the school system's repairs and rebuilding that will take years to complete.

Back in March, aftershocks closed the gym at Trevilians Elementary School. It re-opens with a celebration Thursday evening at 5:30. This project is the first major earthquake repair to finish, but the schools promise they are making progress.

Wednesday, Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit took a virtual tour of gym repairs at Jouett Elementary, another school damaged in the aftermath of the quake.  The gym was closed due to aftershocks and will re-open soon. Pettit took the tour using FaceTime from home, where she is recovering from surgery.

Plans are also in place for other Louisa schools that were impacted last year.  Thomas Jefferson Elementary School was condemned and has been leveled due to earthquake damage.  Construction bids to rebuild that school are due Tuesday.

Demolition crews are tearing apart Louisa County High School while the county searches for an architect to design a new building.

Louisa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Douglas Straley, said, "We've been looking at several high schools up and down the East Coast to get an idea of what we want our school to look like, as we open up our new school and some of the things that are now in high schools to get ideas. Some architects have taken us around to look at projects they've built the last couple of years, and it's been an exciting process."

In October groundbreaking is expected to take place on the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, which should open in the fall of 2014. The new high school is expected by 2015.

The latest price tag to rebuild the two schools is $56 million. That amount could change next week depending on how high or low the bids are for the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

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