The Greater Victoria School District invites the public to a pair of open houses regarding the seismic safety at Vic High, this Saturday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 18. News file photo

Open houses for Vic High seismic plan start this weekend

The public invited to hear about safety options for iconic school, offer feedback

The public is invited to hear about and ask questions about the various options being considered to upgrade the seismic safety status for Vic High, at two upcoming open houses.

The drop-in events, happening in the school’s gym this Saturday (April 7) from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., will provide information gathered so far on the range of options.

Those include a full seismic upgrade of the existing four-storey building, construction a new high school, or retaining the exterior facade and rebuilding the interior.

RELATED: Vic High needs seismic upgrades

Greater Victoria School District staff will be on hand at both sessions to answer questions, listen to feedback and learn more about community values, ideas and challenges.

The input will help inform the SD61 Board of Education in advance of a decision.

An online survey will also launch this Saturday and run until April 30 at sd61.bc.ca.

Opened in 1914, Vic High has an H-1 seismic ranking, the highest level of priority needed for the Ministry of Education.

Considerations for planning upgrades to a high school include educational needs, capacity and student enrolment projections. As well, the staff and board will also take into account operating and capital costs, heritage, environment, plus community values and amenities.

Coffee and cookies will be available at the open houses, as will an activity table for young children, and school tours will be undertaken for interested parties.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich homeless camp to voluntarily leave provincial land by Tuesday

‘If the province really wants to pick a fight with us, we may end up in John Horgan’s backyard,’ says camp leader Chrissy Brett

Fries, gravy, cheese and goodwill: Victoria hosts Poutine Week

Buy one of the varying versions of this traditional dish and help feed hungry kids

Saanich Neighbourhood Place serves up some politics with their pancakes

Local family resource and support centre aims to educate voters and politicians

Tent city moves to Saanich Municipal Hall

Group departs West Saanich property after 12 days

Pumpkin patch proposal takes engagement to new heights

Flyover of ‘Will you marry me’ written in pumpkins

Victoria teen suffers whiplash in school ‘bubble’ soccer game

Middle school students injured in teacher-student competition

Black Press to host extreme career fair in Victoria

The fair will run on Oct. 25 at the Bay Street Armoury

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

B.C. brewery creates bread beer from food waste

The brew aims to raise food waste awareness and provide funds for the food bank

Dad files Charter challenge after B.C. bans kids from taking transit unsupervised

Adrian Crook is taking his fight to B.C. Supreme Court

B.C. VIEWS: Cast your municipal vote for sanity on homelessness

Thousands on waiting list while anti-capitalist bullies get priority

Most Read