Funding approved for seismic work at David Lloyd George Elementary

Schools & Students

Students at David Lloyd George Elementary should be in a seismically safe learning environment by 2021 after the Province of British Columbia agreed to fund the work.

Education Minister Rob Fleming visited the school today (Jan. 15, 2018) to announce the Province of British Columbia would fund replacement of the existing school with a seismically safe building.

David Lloyd George Elementary was built in 1921 and expanded in 1954, but the two blocks were assessed in 2014 as being at the highest category of risk in the event of an earthquake. The new school, which will cost $24.2 million, will have space for 440 students from kindergarten to Grade 7.

The school community will be able to stay together during construction and move directly to their safe school when the project is completed, likely in 2021.

Members of the Vancouver Board of Education joined the minister for the announcement, which featured a musical performance by Grade 5 students.

“For me, some very special guests here today are the students from David Lloyd George Elementary,” said Vancouver Board of Education chairperson Janet Fraser. “Not only did you give a wonderful performance, but your presence reminds us of the importance of getting all our students into seismically safe schools.

“I’m delighted David Lloyd George students will soon have a seismically safe and welcoming place in which to learn and play.

“Advancing the seismic upgrading of Vancouver’s public schools is a top priority for Vancouver Board of Education and this announcement is a wonderful way to start to 2018.”

She said the school community will have opportunities to meet with district staff in the coming months to provide their input into the design of the school and discuss ways to mitigate any disruption during construction.

Fraser thanked the dedication and good work of everyone who helped achieve the funding milestone, including VSB’s Facilities department, the staff of the Vancouver Project Office and the Province of British Columbia for providing funding through its Seismic Mitigation Program.

“I am hopeful this is the first of more seismic announcements in 2018 as we continue working with the Province to ensure Vancouver families, students and staff benefit from safe schools for their excellent education,” Fraser added.