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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Opens in Louisa

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Nearly three years after an earthquake destroyed a Louisa County elementary school, the doors to the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School are open.

School leaders cut the ribbon in front of the new school and dozens of people are touring the new building Monday night.

Since the devastating earthquake, students have been learning in mobile campuses and had to walk from trailer to trailer. The opening of this new school is a big step for the county in its road to recovery from the earthquake.

“This is an amazing day for us. We have waited for this day for close to three years so it's exciting, it's a little bit surreal. We are very just we feel joyful,” said Principal Candace Wilkerson.

Louisa High School was also damaged beyond repair by the earthquake. Construction for that school is still going on and it will be another year before doors for that new building open.

Teachers have been in the building throughout the summer and school starts for the students August 13.

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