The following comes from a March 3 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz:
Archdiocese of San Francisco officials and civil engineers were meeting March 1, 2 and 3 with pastors and principals in San Francisco about recently completed on-site seismic evaluations of Catholic archdiocesan school buildings in the city.
The evaluations found significant construction work will need to be done at a number of schools to meet the standard of “life-safety” which is that the people in the building are able to exit safely in case of a magnitude-7 earthquake, said Jesuit Father John Piderit, archdiocesan vicar for administration.
Another segment of the schools will also need to have their structures retrofitted, but the work will be less costly, said David Finn of David Finn Architects, which managed the seismic evaluations by structural engineers.
Despite the daunting situation faced by some of the schools, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone hopes to keep all of the schools open, Father Piderit said.
The estimated cost of the retrofit for all the school buildings is in the range of $70-80 million and construction would take place over five to eight years, Father Piderit said. However, engineers caution that as work continues, the cost numbers could be revised up or down.
The challenge of raising funds to pay for the structural corrections to the buildings will fall upon the schools and parishes, with the archdiocese providing technical and other support, Father Piderit said. The archdiocese is open to creative solutions to the retrofitting when major construction is required, he said. For instance, the city might be willing to approve mixed-use development of the school buildings and land, perhaps to provide housing as well as classrooms.
Instead of Paying Outsiders to work on Church Facilities – why don’t we turn it in to a Grant / Training Situation for Catholics.
The Gaystapo in Sodom by the Sea Attacks the Church relentlessly, with a special venom for Arch Bishop Cordileone – and of course Pope Emeritus Benedict the Wise – and will use any ’employment’ situation as a means of forcing their Pander or Perish Pogrom on the Church.
So – No Employees and No Paychecks – but rather Grants to Train Catholics in the Construction Trade – may be a Good Way to Fix things up.
Giving a Free Grant to a Volunteer Trainee implies ‘No Strings’ – but it also makes it difficult for the Gaystapo power structure to disrupt; not that they won’t try BAMN – By Any Means…
Oh dear … Michael…do you have to drag us gay people into EVERYTHING?
However I do know some cute lesbian carpenters who would love to work on these projects. Really, they’ll do a good job.
Wouldn’t you rather have a highly-experienced, 100% reliable group of construction workers, for such a serious project? It is very scary, the idea of having inexperienced Catholic trainees, for this job — although I know, you mean well! Earthquakes are a very serious and dangerous thing, in which many children, and their teachers, might be killed! But I know you mean well!
Paying those who are hostile to the Church with funds donated by Parishioners, when there are Parishioners in need who could be helped in many ways – is as foolish as playing flame games with the radical homosex Trolls here.