Surrey school trustees are asking city council to put a moratorium on development in three-fast growing neighbourhoods until the provincial government coughs up more cash to support new students moving in.
Trustee Laurae McNally says Surrey schools are bursting at the seams.
That’s why McNally tabled a motion, which passed unanimously on Thursday night, calling on the city to halt development in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey and Newton areas until the school board receives more funding.
“We are in desperate need of a new secondary school in the Grandview area in South Surrey. We need at least two new elementary schools in the Clayton area north of Cloverdale and we certainly need a number of school additions.”
“We desperately need an infusion of money for new schools. We have the land now, but we can only recommend to the provincial government, they hold the purse strings and we need some help here now fast.”
“I’ve been growing more and more concerned about the rapid growth out here and the lack of adequate provincial funding to support all of the students moving in. I just felt we needed to act.”
With a current student population of 70,000, the district is anticipating a thousand more new students next year, and McNally says there’s nowhere for them to go.