Earthquake danger prompts changes at Springfield school

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Construction is underway to make Walterville Elementary School of Springfield seismically sound for students before school starts this fall.

In November 2008, KVAL News investigated the readiness of state, county and city resources should a massive 9.0 quake hit.  
 
A state report that revealed Walterville was not safe because it had a "high collapse potential." An old chimney gave it the designation, so workers took it down this summer.

Tuesday afternoon, crews were replacing the heating and cooling system, plus the roof.
 
Springfield School District's spokesperson, Jeff DeFranco, said the improvements should be complete by next month.