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Three Cowichan schools identified on province's high-priority seismic upgrade list

Cowichan Secondary School, along with A.B. Greenwell and Koksilah elementary schools, will continue to wait for seismic upgrades. - file
Cowichan Secondary School, along with A.B. Greenwell and Koksilah elementary schools, will continue to wait for seismic upgrades.
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Three Cowichan schools have been identified as high-priority schools for seismic upgrades, but are not among the 14 buildings the province is including in its next round of upgrades.

The B.C. government is spending $122 million to earthquake-proof 14 schools in 12 districts, selected from a list of 152 high-priority schools.

Among those 152 schools are Lake Cowichan's A.B. Greenwell and Duncan's Cowichan secondary and Koksilah elementary.

These schools are identified as having at least one "high risk" building section that needs to be addressed with structural upgrades under the School Seismic Mitigation Program.

The estimated cost of upgrading all 152 high-priority schools under the program is $1.3 billion.

According to the Ministry of Education, the provincial government has spent more than $790 million on school seismic upgrades since 2001, with upgrades already completed at Lake Cowichan middle/secondary as well as Drinkwater elementary.

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