The Greater Victoria School District is asking the public for input on potential upgrades to Vic High. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD61 asks public for input on Vic High renovations

Renovations, upgrades scheduled to begin in August 2020

Victoria High School is scheduled for upgrades next year and the public is being asked to weigh in.

The Greater Victoria School District (SD61) is asking the public to help determine what amenities and enhancements to include in the upcoming seismic upgrades slated for the historic school in the coming years.

RELATED: Province announces $80 million upgrades to Vic High

During upgrades, set to begin in August 2020, the school will receive further enhancements or new amenities – made possible with funds from a newly approved land exchange with the City of Victoria and a 60-year-lease with the Capital Regional Housing Corporation.

Thanks to the new deals, the District has $1.5 to $1.9 million to use for additional improvements. SD61 is asking for the public’s opinion on what they want to see in the improved Vic High but says it will “prioritize and identify what is considered a ‘should have’ versus a ‘nice to have’ when moving forward with the allotted funding.

“Given this is one of the most complex seismic upgrades in the province’s history, we want to ensure that we are moving in step with the community to build a school that reflects its needs and desires,” says a statement from school board chair Jordan Watters. “Victoria High has always been a community hub, and the board of education believes this is an opportunity to develop a stronger connection between the school and neighbourhood. It is important we get this right as we expect Victoria High will stand for another 100 years.”

RELATED: Completion date for seismic upgrades to Vic High pushed to 2022

Survey questions surround items such as the school’s track and field, stadium, gymnasium spaces, improvements to P.E. and health classrooms, and more.

The survey also asks about the addition of an astronomy observation deck to supplement the school’s elective astronomy course, an option brought forward by students in 2018. The online survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/VicHigh_Amenities.

In June, the B.C. Ministry of Education approved $77.1 million in funding to support the school’s seismic upgrades, which will include structural engineering and upgrades to wiring and mechanical, plumbing and heating systems, as well as additional space added for the school’s growing enrolment, the creation of a “neighbourhood learning centre” and modernizing of spaces in order to “meet current and future learning needs.”

RELATED: Land deal will bring 154 affordable housing units to Fernwood

The school’s interior features, such as the marble and art glass and painted wood panels, will be preserved and exterior elements such as the building’s terracotta, granite and brick masonry will also be restored.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria man killed in Alberta accident was expectant father

Geordie Murray described as ‘wonderful husband, brother son and friend’

VicPD says circumstances around missing teen are ‘high-risk’

Arianna McKenzie last seen in Centennial Square

Canada Post aware of ongoing email, text phishing scams

Scammers pretending to be Canada Post will ask for personal and payment information

Suicide rates not impacted by seasons

While men are three times more likely to commit suicide, women have higher rates of depression

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Most Read