Apprehension grips Ian Ream each morning when he drops off his daughters — a kindergartner and third-grader — at the bus stop.
Their destination, Oxford Elementary, is a small, tight-knit community. Ream, like many parents, is fond of the principal who dresses up in costume on occasion. The 265-student school is tucked away on a quiet residential street in the Berkeley hillside.
But for all of its perks, Oxford has one major flaw: The buildings could slide up to 20 feet and be cut off from emergency aid if a significant earthquake hits, according to a recent geotechnical report.