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Four Richmond schools open with seismic upgrades

DCN-JOC News Services
Four Richmond schools open with seismic upgrades

RICHMOND, B.C. — Four K-12 schools in Richmond, B.C. are starting the school year with seismic upgrades.

The Government of British Columbia put $39.78 million towards seismic upgrades at William Cook Elementary, Hugh Boyd Secondary, W.D. Ferris Elementary and Robert J. Tait Elementary, creating 2,405 seismically safer seats, a release said.

Four new classrooms have also been added at William Cook Elementary replacing a section of the school. The provincial government invested $13 million towards the project and the Richmond School District put in $1 million.

The cost of the Hugh Boyd Elementary project was $10.7 million and funding for the one-storey W.D. Ferris Elementary building came to $8.49 million. The Robert J. Tait Elementary seismic upgrades cost $7.59 million.

“We are extremely pleased with the nearly $82 million that the provincial government has invested in seismic upgrades at eight Richmond schools over the last three years. The progress that has been made with these facilities brings us significantly closer to our goal of having all students and staff in seismically safe schools,” Richmond School District superintendent of schools Scott Robinson said in a statement.

In the last three years, the government has announced nearly $82 million for seismic upgrades at eight Richmond schools, bringing almost 3,700 seismically safer seats to students in the district, the release added.

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