The mayor of Surrey admits more schools need to be built to deal with overcrowding, but she’s not committing to issuing a moratorium on future development in three of the city’s fastest growing neighbourhoods.
The Surrey School Board unanimously passed a motion calling on the city to temporarily suspend development until the provincial government coughs up more capital funding to build new schools.
Linda Hepner says she’s meeting with trustees in the coming weeks.
“I think the real answer is overlapping the expectation of growth communities with the practice of planning for schools and construction of schools. That is where the solution lies.”
Surrey is expecting 1000 new students come September.
With almost three hundred portables and some secondary schools on rotating schedules, the school board says immediate action is needed.