WEST, Texas— A Central Texas town devastated by last year’s fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people will be getting two new schools.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday in West for construction of a new campus to replace middle and high schools leveled in the April 2013 accident.
The West Independent School District announced the groundbreaking for the $50 million project as part of continuing recovery efforts. Insurance money and government funds are helping paying for the schools.
Interim Superintendent Jan Hungate on Thursday called it a “new beginning.”
The schools are expected to be completed in 2016.
More than 260 people were injured in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co.