The provincial government is releasing $13.1 million for seismic upgrades for an aging Vancouver elementary school.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says funding for Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary comes from the $1.7 billion put aside for school upgrades over the next three years.
“We have earmarked money within our capital budget for seismic as a top priority… With this project, we have nine projects underway right now in the Vancouver School District totaling around $200 million.””
Most of the school was built in 1957 and the minister says those older areas will be upgraded over two years.
VSB chairperson Mike Lombardi is backing the project and says the board’s goal is to get students and staff into safe schools quickly.
Jamieson Elementary’s 476 students will attend other schools during the construction period.
VSB chair Mike Lombardi: project will take 2 years to complete and students will be accommodated in other schools pic.twitter.com/AakY738kJy— Kyle Benning (@KBBenning) September 13, 2016