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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to be closed Friday

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LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Louisa County is preparing to say goodbye to an elementary school that was damaged by last year's earthquake.

The Daily Progress reports that Louisa County Public Schools will hold a closing ceremony for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School at 5 p.m. Friday.

School officials plan to demolish the school and build a new one. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $3.2 million to help pay for the new school, which is expected to cost about $13.7 million.

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011, was centered in Louisa County. Students have been attending classes in temporary facilities.

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