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Louisa Breaks Ground on New School Two Years after Quake Damage

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the old Louisa County High School the old Louisa County High School

A new chapter in Louisa County's history is beginning after all the destruction caused by a 2011 earthquake.

Wednesday is a fresh start for students and teachers at Louisa County High School. Two years after the earthquake destroyed the school, Louisa broke ground on a new one.

When a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the school in August 2011, classes were suspended as administrators came up with a plan for them to continue. For a while students have been sharing space in the middle school or learning out of trailers.

Wednesday evening, dozens gathered for the groundbreaking of the new high school, expected to open for the 2015 school year. Superintendent Deborah Pettit says building the new school is the biggest step on this county's road to recovery.

"It means that we're going to be OK and that education is going to be better than ever in Louisa because this school will be a new facility. It will have the capability for whatever technology is going to come in the future," Pettit said.

She also says school spirit is still strong and continues to grow.

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