Traditional school gets modern upgrade

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary school to be brought up to latest seismic safety standards

  • May. 21, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Another Victoria area school is slated for a seismic upgrade to protect students and staff in the event of an earthquake.

The Ministry of Education and the Greater Victoria School District have signed a project agreement to bring Cloverdale Traditional Elementary school up to the latest seismic safety standards.

As with many other successful seismic upgrade projects in Victoria, Cloverdale students will be bussed to the vacant Richmond Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year to allow for the work to be done at their “home” school.

Richmond Elementary is a “swing school” that has previously housed students while seismic work was carried out at Quadra Elementary. This year, students from George Jay Elementary are attending Richmond Elementary while seismic work is underway at that school.

Cloverdale has capacity for 345 kindergarten to Grade 5 students. Construction contracts will be tendered this summer with substantial completion by next summer. The project will be funded with $2.9 million from the Province’s Seismic Mitigation Program.