Louisa County Schools Still Shaken by Earthquake, but not Broken

4:22 PM, Oct 6, 2011   |    comments
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LOUISA, Va. (WUSA) - Imagine the challenge of uprooting an entire elementary school in the middle of the school year.  That's exactly what's happened to two schools in Louisa County after the August earthquake.

"The last time I was in the classroom was about 20 minutes before the earthquake," said Erika Liddle, a 2nd Grade Teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. 

Liddle was outside at recess when the earthquake ripped apart her school.  The structural damage is so severe that the school is closed for the rest of the school year.  So teachers and staff have spent the last five weeks moving into 37 mobile classrooms on Trevilians Elementary's soccer field. 

"That has been a massive undertaking," said Superintendent Deborah Petit.

"We're trying to support each other, and that's all we can do," said Liddle.

Teachers like Liddle now use port-a-potties for restrooms, their classrooms are low on supplies, and they have no real cafeteria.  On Thursday, they had a picnic catered by students from the other school damaged in the earthquake, Louisa County High School.     

The county is still waiting for a final damage assessment.  Early estimates are close to $60 million.  If you would like to help the Louisa County Public Schools in the wake of the earthquake, click here to learn how. 

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