SEISMIC UPGRADING OPTIONS FOR VIC HIGH:
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR
On 15 March 2018, the Greater Victoria School District announced that it is considering three very different options for seismic upgrading of Vic High. Whichever option is chosen will have major effects on the school. At the same time as this announcement went public, two representatives of the Alumni Association — Ian McKinnon (Vice Chair) and Roger Skillings (Past Chair) — were meeting with Piet Langstraat, Superintendent for the District. The Association is pleased to have been invited to the table concurrent with the School District’s announcement to the media.
Two documents included in the District’s announcement are posted here: click here to view the Long Term Facilities Plan and click here to read School Specific Information. For more general information you can click here to read the CBC News article posted the same day. We’ve also posted a news report and an editorial from the Times Colonist under Press Clippings (see Navigation panel at right).
Through our representatives, we were informed that the District would soon be initiating a consultation process regarding these options. Respecting the many diverse opinions that our members will have, the Association does not have sufficient lead time or an ability to form a consensus position to advocate on behalf of all Alumni. For these reasons we encourage interested Alumni to participate directly in the consultation process. There are open houses scheduled in the Vic High gym on Saturday April 7, 9 am to 12 noon, and Wednesday April 18, 5 to 7 pm. The District indicated that an online survey will be available in April for those who do not live in Victoria or who cannot attend either of the open houses. We will alert Alumni via email when the survey is available.
From their meeting with the District, our representatives are confident that the District is sincere in its commitment to meaningful consultation with all stakeholders. Your Association wants the final decision to be made in a way that respects and honours the important heritage of Vic High while ensuring that the best opportunities are afforded to students today and into the future. Your active participation will be important to achieving the best outcome. Remember your Vic High motto: No reward without effort!
Ken Gower, Chair
Vic High Alumni Association