Essay The Vancouver School Board ( Vsb )

941 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
On June 20, 2016, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) announces the names of 12 potential schools they plan to close by September 21, 2017. According to VSB chair Mike Lombardi, closing the 12 schools will save VSB $8.8 million dollars a year. The high operating costs of schools and the steady decline of students attending schools in Vancouver brought VSB to the decision of closing a number of schools to save costs (Global News).
In 2004, VSB conducted a seismic evaluation on the schools in Vancouver, where “each building was divided into seismic blocks as defined by the Vancouver Building Bylaw and then rated in terms of its seismic risk. A school can be made up of different blocks with different ratings, but the highest rated block is generally used when speaking of the building’s overall rating” (“VSB Long Range Facilities Plan” 18). In their “Long Range Facilities Plan: Administrative Report Schools Considered for Potential Closure Britannia Secondary School” report, VSB divided Britannia into four seismic blocks (Block 3 rated High 1, Block 4 rated Medium, Blocks 1 and 2 rated Low). H1 being the most vulnerable with the highest risk of widespread damage or structural failure not reparable after a seismic event (18). Medium is where isolated damage to building elements such are light failure or tipping of bookshelves may occur and non-structural upgrades are required. Low is the least damage occurs, damages would be isolated and repair is probable after a seismic event,…

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