A letter writer states that Surrey is far behind being able to accommodate the continuing increase in the number of students. What is needed

Stand up for Surrey’s future

Even if the government acted today, it will take up to five years and $273 million to build the schools Surrey needs today.

In September, students will return to our schools in even greater numbers than when they left at the end of June.

Although the schools are dark, the Ad Hoc Committee of Concerned Stakeholders, concerned with the serious overcrowding of Surrey Schools and lack of capital funds since 2005 – to build new schools – is increasing its efforts to work with the provincial government, to secure immediate capital funding, and ensure that they develop a long term funding plan for education that meets the needs of Surrey’s growing community.

Even if the government acted today, it will take up to five years and $273 million to build the schools Surrey needs today, yet before construction of these schools is complete, our school population will grow by 4,000-5,000 students. We need funding commitments to meet this growth.

This problem will have an increasingly negative impact on Surrey’s children and young adults, our future citizens, to serve Surrey’s future needs.

You can help. Write, call or email your local MLA, our education and finance ministers as well as our premier and express your concerns on this issue.

 

Linda Stromberg,

Ad hoc committee member

Surrey North Delta Leader

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