Surrey PACs work to replace missing cash

Police investigate after PACs report drained accounts

KB Woodward Elementary PAC president Krystal Ziprick

KB Woodward Elementary PAC president Krystal Ziprick

SURREY — Mounties have yet to identify suspects as they continue to investigate the mysterious disappearance of thousands of dollars from bank accounts managed by two separate parent advisory councils in this city.

The money was raised by parents and students of Ecole KB Woodward elementary school in Whalley and Serpentine Heights elementary school in Guildford.

“Taking money from kids, really, is what it amounts to,” said Surrey School District spokesman Doug Strachan.

In KB Woodward’s case, $30,000 has disappeared and up to $20,000 in Serpentine Heights’ case.

“Often fraud files take some time to investigate,” Surrey RCMP Sergeant Alanna Dunlop said.

Dunlop said police don’t believe the cases are connected.

“They’re two isolated incidents,” she said. “Hopefully they can recover their money.”

Ecole KB Woodward has set up a Gofundme account in response, aiming to raise $34,000 to build a playground the missing money had been earmarked for, through three years of bottles drives, book and chocolate sales and other fundraising efforts. At press time, it had raised $1,825.

The PAC at Serpentine Heights was still considering its options, at press time.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com