NDP MLAs

School petition presented at legislature

Surrey’s shortage of classroom space got some attention in the B.C. legislature this week as local NDP MLAs presented a 659-signature petition protesting a lack of capital funding.

“Families are very concerned about the negative impact of inadequate school space on their children’s education,” said Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood.

“Even the government’s own documents show that our secondary schools are at 117 per cent capacity. That’s unacceptable.”

Apart from money for seismic upgrades and full-day kindergarten, the Surrey School District has not received capital funding for new schools since 2005.

That has left thousands of students learning in portables throughout the district, often for several years.

At present, the district has more than 230 portables and it’s estimated there will be 340 in use by 2015.

Add to that the fact that there are about 800 people moving to the city monthly, and the school space crunch compounds even further.

To make up for the insufficient space, some schools, such as Earl Marriott Secondary and Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, are switching to alternate student timetables in the fall to accommodate more students.

Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston called the situation “intolerable” and said Surrey is getting the short end of the stick. Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Sue Hammell agreed.

“It is high time that the new premier follow through on her commitment to put families first and provide students in Surrey with the funding that they need in order to ensure an environment conducive to learning,” said Hammell.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society doing ‘better than we were expecting’ amid COVID-19

At one point, the board thought it might have a donation shortfall of $250,000

Delta artist John Horton named to Order of British Columbia

Honour for significant contributions made to the appreciation and safety of B.C.’s coastal history

Man arrested in ‘after-hours club crackdown’ in Whalley, Surrey RCMP say

Police say they received information about clubs, parties ‘springing up’ at commercial properties

Former White Rock mayor, MP shares community connections via YouTube

Gordie Hogg aims to highlight those who’ve impacted South Surrey, White Rock

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Fraser Valley Bandits advance to CEBL Championship Game

Bandits post comeback 76-75 win over Hamilton Honey Badgers in Saturday’s semifinal

IHIT on scene of suspicious early-morning fire on rural Mission property

Entrance to Gunn Avenue property cordoned off while investigation takes place, updates coming

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

FURTHER UPDATE: Body removed from Maple Ridge hotel after large police presence

A large contingent of Mounties were at the Art Infiniti Hotel Friday afternoon and evening

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Most Read