LETTER-Millions needed for new Surrey schools

This school year, 7,300 Surrey students will attend classes in portables and over 3,000 will attend schools with extended schedules.

To the editor;

This school year, 7,300 Surrey students will attend classes in portables and over 3,000 will attend schools with extended schedules. Even the brand new Adams Road Elementary School, which opened six months ago, now has two portables.

$273 million is needed for additional permanent classrooms for the number of students we have today, but before these schools are built, it’s estimated there will be over 12,000 students in “temporary” classrooms. That is why it is so important that the provincial government provides these funds this year (so construction can begin) and then continues to provide the necessary capital funding each year to build the schools to meet Surrey’s growth.

We have received funding for seismic upgrades for full day kindergarten – but we have not received funding approval for schools for five years now.

Our children are the future for both Surrey and the province. We must invest in them today.

 

Linda Stromberg

Concerned parent and Ad Hoc Committee member