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Tomsett Elementary latest on seismic upgrade list

By Don Fennell

Published 3:57 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

Construction won’t begin for another year, but Tomsett Elementary is the latest Richmond school to receive provincial funding for seismic upgrading.

Construction won’t begin for another year, but Tomsett Elementary is the latest Richmond school to receive provincial funding for seismic upgrading.

“We are continuing to accelerate seismic safety projects in Richmond at a record pace, so more students can be in a safer school as soon as possible,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “When this project is complete, families with children at Tomsett will have the comfort of knowing their children will be better protected if an earthquake were to hit.”

The provincial government is providing up to $7.71 million for seismic upgrades at Tomsett. The Richmond School District provided $3.67 million, the balance of $11.38 billion total budget.

“We are extremely pleased to be receiving funding from the Ministry of Education to seismically upgrade Tomsett,” says Richmond School Board chair Ken Hamaguchi. “The Richmond Board of Education is committed to working with the ministry, and, as such, will be providing funds for the expansion of the school to accommodate anticipated growth in the City Centre area.”

An addition to Tomsett will be built first for use by students while the seismic upgrade work is being done. As a result, students will not need to move off-site. The anticipated completion date of the project is early 2022.

Six seismic upgrades have been approved in Richmond schools since 2017 at: Hugh Boyd Secondary and Tait, Ferris, Mitchell and Steves elementaries.

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