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For Immediate Release


March 23, 2005

Ministry of Education




VANCOUVER – The Province will invest almost $7.25 million for the first phase of seismic upgrading to Vancouver Technical secondary school, Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Rob Nijjar and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Patrick Wong announced today.


            “This is wonderful news for Vancouver parents because we are making their children’s classrooms safer,” said Nijjar. “Vancouver Technical school is one of 23 Vancouver schools that will receive seismic upgrades over the next three years.”


The upgrades to Vancouver Technical school will be carried out in up to three phases, with the majority of work in the first phase to be completed by September 2006.


“This seismic upgrading will ensure that Vancouver Technical students are not only receiving the best education possible, but that they are learning in an environment that is safe and secure,” said Wong.


Seven Vancouver schools will be seismically upgraded over the next three years as part of the Province’s capital program. Another 16 Vancouver schools will be upgraded over the next three years as part of the Province’s plan to invest $254 million to fast track seismic upgrades at 80 high-priority schools.


In all, more than 700 schools will be upgraded over the next 15 years or sooner as part of the Province’s plan to make B.C. schools earthquake safe. 


“Earthquake safety is a priority for our government and we are acting as quickly as possible to make sure B.C. schools are earthquake safe,” said Education Minister Tom Christensen. “This funding is another example of how we are fulfilling our commitment to provide a safe learning environment for all students.”


Vancouver Technical school is part of the Province’s three-year capital plan for 2004-2007 that will provide a total of $722 million for 66 school projects, including $303 million for capital projects, $330 million for general school maintenance projects in all 60 school districts, and $89 million for seismic upgrades.



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