West getting new schools after plant explosion

FILE - This file photo made Thursday, April 18, 2013, shows the remains of a burned and damaged school following a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)
FILE - This file photo made Thursday, April 18, 2013, shows the remains of a burned and damaged school following a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)

WEST, Texas (AP) — 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.

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