The La Grande School District will soon apply for a state grant to pay for seismic upgrade work at Greenwood Elementary School. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
La Grande School District to apply for seismic upgrade grants to shore up deficiencies
It may not be a question of if but when.
There is at least a 50 percent chance that sometime in the next 500 years Northeast Oregon will be hit by an earthquake of at least 5 on the Richter scale, according to United States Geological Survey seismic probability data.
In the event of such an occurrence, the La Grande School District wants to make sure it is prepared.
The district will soon spend $21,000 in an effort to make sure that several of its schools will have a much better chance of surviving a seismic event.
District officials are taking steps that will allow them to apply for three $1.5 million grants from the state for seismic work. Money from the grant would be used to make structural upgrades so that a number of school buildings would be in a better position to withstand the shock of an earthquake. La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze said the grants, if received, would mean a great deal.
“They would allow us to do some important infrastructure work,” Glaze said.
Before the district can apply for the seismic grants, however, it must have a study conducted by an engineering firm. The study will cost about $21,000 and be performed by Zbinden-Carter-Souders Engineering of Oregon City.
(For the full story see Wednesday's edition of The Observer.)