The Greater Victoria School Board has unanimously voted to spend just over $73-Million to preserve and upgrade BC’s oldest high school.
The upgrade includes preserving the outside of the building and parts of the inside, seismic upgrades, and a new neighbourhood learning centre.
Located at 1260 Grant Street, Vic High opened May 1, 1914, and currently has a capacity of 850 students. However, enrollment is projected to increase by over 1000 students over the next decade.
The plan will create room for 1000 students.
The project still needs to be approved by the BC Education Ministry. They will also be deciding how much provincial funding will be involved.
That decision is expected this fall.
Trustees also considered a $67.9-million option for a new school that would involve demolition which sparked considerable support to preserve it.