As the Vancouver School Board grapples with budget cuts and tough decisions, some disappointing news for a middle school in Victoria.
Shoreline Middle School, which serves more than 200 students, will not be getting seismic upgrades because of low enrollment.
Currently, the school is at 64 percent capacity.
But Acting President of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association Jason Gammons says if there were an earthquake, the school would be considered dangerous.
“I would ask the question if I was a teacher at the school. Am I less important than a teacher at another school that has a higher capacity? I think the answer is no. But I think that’s how a lot of people would feel. Why is our school not as important than a school with higher capacity.”
In a statement, education minister Mike Bernier says: “There are other much fuller schools than Shoreline Middle School with higher seismic risk ratings that the Ministry has identified as priorities”.